Offensive lineman – 2017 Class
6-6, 290 pounds
Jackson, Tenn. (University School)
Other top offers
Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Ohio State, Ole Miss
Tennessee is in a good spot with Smith as the Vols have had him on campus at least a couple times – once for a game in 2015 and another time for a Junior Day in the spring of 2016. The Vols are one of the top few teams in the running for him, but with an offer list about as impressive as you’ll see in college football and with UT’s inconsistent past in terms of landing West Tennessee prospects, this one is far from over.
RTI average: 4.25-stars
How He Fits
There’s a fairly wide range of opinions on Smith by the recruiting services with ESPN ranking him the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation and Rivals.com only saying he’s the 11th best player in the state of Tennessee, at least as of mid-May.
Watch his film a bit though and you’ll see why it’s easy to lean towards the ESPN side of the ranking. He has some things to clean up in his overall technique, but he has elite athleticism for his size and can be completely dominant. He has the frame to add a bit more weight as well, so he’s not even close to his ceiling yet.
The Vols have a couple young, promising tackles in Drew Richmond and Chance Hall on the roster, but Smith could be a in good position to come to UT, take a year to bulk up and learn the positions and then be ready to compete around 2018.
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