- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
For quite some time, 2016 tight end Kaden Smith (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) had received interest from Alabama. But for quite some time, Smith wondered if the interest would ever turn into a scholarship offer.
At the conclusion of Alabama’s camp Wednesday afternoon, Smith got the offer he hoped for. Before heading to Tallahassee, Fla., for the Florida State camp, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end was offered by Alabama coach Nick Saban.
“I’d just finished with the camp, and right before I left, Coach Saban invited me to his office,” Smith said. “We talked, and he offered me then. I was really excited. I was trying not to smile too big.
“It’s more of an honor because it’s the best football program in the country, and they’re really interested in me. It made me really excited.”
Since the start of his freshman season, Smith had received interest from both Alabama and Florida State. He now has offers from both Alabama and Clemson, and a Florida State offer could follow with a solid camp showing Thursday and Friday. Smith is being recruited to Alabama by receivers coach Billy Napier.
Smith’s freshman season included 14 receptions for 192 yards. He was ranked No. 2 for Marcus in both receptions and receiving yards but he the team in yards per catch, averaging almost 14 yards per reception.
Smith was happy with his performance at the Alabama camp. He was more satisfied with his endurance. Smith said he has been in Florida most of the summer, and he’s been working out and biking outside of Destin, Fla.
“The first day of drills, I was surprised with how good of shape I was in,” Smith said. “I felt like I could go full speed very play. I’ve missed a lot of summer workouts [at Marcus], but I’ve been biking a lot. I bike six miles a day.”
While the Alabama offer is intriguing, Smith said he will look to taking his time with his recruiting process. He also stressed that while he likes Alabama, he also likes what Clemson has to offer.
“The coaches there are really cool, and we have a great connection,” Smith said of Clemson. “Plus, the campus is beautiful. It is smaller, but that may be better for me. You can really focus on football and academics there.”