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.
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.
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.
— Jake Smith (@jakesmith27) June 4, 2018
What artist would you most like to see live?
Favorite athlete of all-time?
Odell Beckham Jr. or D’Anthony Thomas.
Favorite sport to watch other than football?
2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class
|Roschon Johnson||QB||Port Neches-Groves||4||July 21 (2017)|
|T'Vondre Sweat||DE||Huntsville||3||Feb. 28|
|Jordan Whittington||WR||Cuero||4||March 10|
|De'Gabriel Floyd||OLB||Westlake Village (Calif.)||4||March 31|
|Kenyatta Watson II||DB||Grayson (Ga.)||4||May 1|
|Brayden Liebrock||TE||Chandler (Ariz.)||3||May 8|
|Tyler Johnson||OL||Conroe Oak Ridge||5||May 25|
|Jared Wiley||TE||Temple||3||May 26|
|Jake Smith||WR||Notre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)||4||June 3|
|Peter Mpagi||DE||George Ranch||3||June 16|
|Chris Adimora||S||Mayfair (Calif.)||4||July 1|
|Marques Caldwell||CB||Alvin||3||July 7|
|Demariyon Houston||WR||Millwood (Okla.)||4||July 7|
|Marcus Tillman Jr.||OLB||Jones (Fla.)||3||July 28|
|Javonne Shepherd||OT||North Forest||4||July 29|
|Derrian Brown||RB||Buford (Ga.)||4||Sept. 16|
|Tyler Owens||S||Plano East||4||Sept. 24|