Garden City's Smith still showing patience

After leading his team to the playoffs, Garden City QB Eugene Smith (6-3, 208) has turned his attention toward recruiting. The multi-talented signal-caller hasn't seen a lot of interest to this point, but he's hoping to hear more in the near future as several schools have called and requested his highlights as well as his transcripts.

Smith prepped at Pensacola Catholic in Florida and signed with Pensacola Community College to play baseball out of high school, but the lure of the gridiron was too much and he eventually made his way to Garden City.

"I was good at baseball, but I just loved playing football," Smith told JCFootball.com recently. "I love being in control of things and leading my team and I just didn't get that with baseball."

After a solid freshman season in 2007, Smith led the Broncbuster's to a 6-4 record and the playoffs by throwing for nearly 3,000 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 59% of his passes and he netted 319 yards and three more scores on the ground.

"We run primarily out of the spread, so that helped open things up for me a little," Smith said. "It got me out on the edge more, where I had the option of running or throwing it and that helped keep the defense honest.

"I feel real comfortable out on the edge because I have good speed (4.6), but I also throw well on the run too."

On the recruiting front, only South Florida has made inquiries into Smith's availability, but he hopes that changes soon once teams see his highlight film.

"I went (to USF) on an unofficial over the summer and met with the coaches there," Smith said. "I like them a lot because they are close to home and they run a great offense.

"Other than that, not a lot of teams have made contact, but I'm sending my tape out to Central Florida, Southern Mississippi, Florida State, Tennessee and Louisville and a bunch of D-1AA schools too."

Smith said he hopes to play quarterback, but he's not opposed to a switch to receiver if that is what a team wants him to do.

"I just want to play," Smith said. "I hope teams give me a chance to play QB, because that's what I do, but if I have to play receiver or whatever, I will do that and not complain at all."

Smith will graduate in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

Eugene Smith Scout Profile


JC Football Top Stories