Notre Dame Prep's Jake Smith (1) celebrates as he heads into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half against Desert Edge at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz. on November 3, 2017.


Meet the Longhorns: Jake Smith brings Player of Year honors to Texas

Posted December 19th, 2018


Jake Smith, wide receiver, Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.)

Notre Dame Prep’s Jake Smith (1) runs upfield against Desert Edge at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz. on November 3, 2017.

FYI: 6-1/189; 4 stars; No. 81-ranked player in class

Fabulous 55 ranking: N/A


Committed: June 3

Scouting report: Smith was awarded the Gatorade Player of the Year award after a stellar senior season. He became the first player in Arizona to rush and receive for more than 1,000 yards in the same season since 2011 when he did it as a junior. He nearly matched those numbers as a senior and led his team to back-to-back state title appearances. Smith will play slot receiver and contribute in the return game at Texas.

His numbers are staggering. He caught 64 passes for 1,112 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior, adding 741 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground. Smith returned two kickoffs for scores and added 20 tackles on defense. He became his school’s first ever Gatorade Player of the Year and finished his career with 5,5446 total yards and 72 touchdowns.

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2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge4May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26
Myron WarrenDEMany (La.)3Nov. 19
Jacoby JonesDEButler C.C.3Nov. 21
Caleb JohnsonOLBFullerton College (Calif.)3Dec. 17
Kennedy LewisWRMelissa3Dec. 18
Isaiah HookfinOTFort Bend Dulles4Dec. 21
Bru McCoyATHMater Dei (Calif.)5Jan. 25