COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Melissa (Texas) quarterback Chris Smith doesn’t have many blips on the recruiting radar, but the Texas State 7-on-7 Championships is the perfect event for a player like him to turn things around.
Smith led Melissa to a 40-31 win over Iraan (Texas) in the 7-on-7 tournament in a game that helped determine whether or not the Cardinals would advance to Friday’s championship bracket. A 6-foot-2, 210-pound quarterback, Smith also is charged with helping Melissa repeat as Division II state champion. Melissa beat Houston Kinkaid in last year’s final.
“There’s pressure in everything, especially at quarterback,” Smith said. “You may not have the most physical attributes on the team, but you’ve got to be the most mental. You have to read all the defenses, read all the coverages and call the right plays.
“I still give it all to my receivers. It was hot out there, and they really played their butts off.”
Smith led Melissa to a 2-1 pool-play record, and many felt his play against Iraan warranted FBS looks. He was poised in the pocket, and he made big plays against a team that averaged better than 28 points in three games.
Currently, Smith has zero offers and only has interest from non-FBS programs. Smith was a backup quarterback in 2011 and is using the 7-on-7 tournament to showcase his skills.
“I’m wide open right now,” Smith said. “Whoever comes to me, comes to me. Tarleton’s been looking at me, and I’ve been talking to Southern Arkansas. That’s about it right now.
“I want to show here that my throwing mechanics are pretty well. I think my feet are a little behind right now, but I’m working on them every day. I have a pretty good quarterbacks coach in Joe Williams. He’s teaching me a lot of good stuff, and I’m working out every day.”