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Four-star wide receiver Jake Smith met Jordan Shipley on his visit to Texas for the spring game. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with four-star slot receiver Jake Smith

Posted August 31st, 2018

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Texas commit Jake Smith is off to a fantastic start to his senior season. The four-star slot receiver from Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.) has scored 11 of his team’s first 12 touchdowns, helping the team to a 2-0 record. Smith rushed and received for more than 1,000 yards as a junior, becoming the first player in Arizona to do that since Christian Kirk. He also led his team to the state championship game, though the result didn’t end in Smith’s favor. The 6-1, 189-pound offensive weapon committed to Texas on June 3. He’s ranked as the No. 17 wide receiver prospect in the class and the No. 87 overall prospect in the nation.

Texas commit Jake Smith at Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.) in August. (Mike Craven)

At what age did you fall in love with football?

It was my freshman year. I played select baseball growing up and didn’t play real organized football until ninth grade. There was something about going to battle with 60 other brothers that appealed to me. It’s the most intense sport, and I love that about football. It gave me a feeling baseball didn’t.

What made Texas your choice?

I fell in love at the spring game. I could tell the fans were as crazy about football as I am. Football is a religion in Texas. It was the complete package to me, from academics to football to the city. It was down to Texas and USC for me. I loved California, but I hated Los Angeles. Austin is a great city that offers everything.

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What are your goals as a senior?

To make it back to state and win it this time. I also want to repeat the 1,000 yards as a receiver and rusher like I did as a junior.

What was most important to you as a recruit?

I wanted to feel at home. Some places were awesome, but it didn’t feel like home.

What word would you use to describe Tom Herman?

Caring. He was the head coach who cared most about his players out of all the places I visited.

Where do you see yourself playing at Texas?

All over the field on offense and in the return game, especially punts. I’ll play primarily slot receiver, but can be used in what Texas calls the ‘H’ position. I can line up in backfield as a running back or get the ball as a receiver or in jet-sweeps.

What artist would you most like to see live?

Travis Scott.

Favorite movie?

“Spider-Man.”

Favorite athlete of all-time?

Odell Beckham Jr. or D’Anthony Thomas.

Favorite sport to watch other than football?

Basketball.

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 Ridge5May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Demariyon Houston WRMillwood (Okla.)4July 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
Peyton PowellATHOdessa Permian4Oct. 23
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26

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