- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
Smith was listed as a linebacker on Cedar Hill’s roster last season, but he’s shown himself as a reliable wide receiver during the spring and the summer off-season programs. Smith’s calling card in college, however, may be a special teams participant as a long snapper.
“I’ve heard about [Mazza]. He works with guy I work with,” Smith said, referring to Chris Rubio, considered one of the premier long snapping coaches in the country. “[Mazza] has been getting a lot of offers, so I’m not surprised about him.
“A lot of people can’t do it. Somebody has to be able to, and I said, ‘Why not me?’ That’s something else unique about me.”
Smith, who is in Nashville for a kickers, punters and long snappers camp at Vanderbilt on Thursday, said he’s been working with Rubio for two years. He’s watched his snapping improve in that span. Smith said a snap to the punter should arrive in less than 0.8 seconds. With Rubio’s training, his snaps are arriving in 0.67 seconds.
“When I first started, they were right around 0.9,” Smith said. “[Rubio] has actually taught me a lot. My mom found him, and once I really started getting serious, I pretty much improved in everything about long snapping.”
Smith said TCU has been showing a lot of interest in him as a long snapper. As a 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver, Smith has received interest from North Texas. Smith also has the tools to be either a tight end or an H-back. He’s shown recruiters that he has good hands and can route crisp routes.
In addition to Vanderbilt, he’s attended camps run by TCU, Baylor, SMU, Houston and North Texas.
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