Kansas Jayhawk Recruiting Corner: Trent Smiley Commits,Other Tidbits

C.W. O'BrienCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2009

I don't have a lot of time today, but I just wanted to get this out there.

Trent Smiley is a 6'4", 225-pound tight end from Wakeland High School in Frisco, TX. He has a reported a 4.6-second 40-yard dash. He is rated as the 46th-best tight end prospect and a three-star overall by Scout, but has not been rated by either Rivals or ESPN. He is the seventh Kansas University commit for the 2010 recruiting class. 

Smiley had offers from Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Rice, Florida State, and Iowa State. He was also drawing serious interest from Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Northwestern.

He is a very physical, very talented player. Much in the Mangino fashion, Smiley is an under-the-radar prospect. As a junior, his catches were limited due to the number of three and four wide receiver sets Wakeland used with Florida State-bound quarterback Will Secord at the helm.

Smiley is, reportedly, a gym rat. He boasts a 300-pound bench and a 405-pound squat along with his 4.6-second dash time.

Despite playing tight end, Smiley also plays defensive back. His size, speed, and athleticism make him a scary prospect as a linebacker or nickel back if he chooses to play defense for Kansas. At this point, it is unknown whether Smiley will play offense or defense.

In a recent interview with Rivals, he informed them that he is comfortable in Lawrence and felt at home with the team and coaching staff.

In other recruiting news:

All-Everything wide receiver-line backer prospect Justin McCay is slowly trying to trim down his list of potential suitors. Thus far, UCLA, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State have been trimmed because he didn't feel like he was a good fit for their programs. McCay is having a hard time cutting down his list. Instead of eliminating teams, he is posting groupings of five that have made the initial cut. With offers from virtually every BCS school, and some non-BCS schools, in hand, who knows how many initial groupings there will be.

He has indicated that as of now, there is no favorite, and his groupings don't point to any one team. His first group of five:

  • Wisconsin, Oklahoma
  • Florida
  • Tennessee
  • Kansas State

There is no word when his next grouping will be released, but this grouping is far from his final list. Expect Notre Dame, KU, and Missouri to be on the next grouping. All three are still very much in the hunt.

In all likelihood, there will be three key factors in his school selection:

  1. whether he wants to stay close to home or not
  1. whether or not a team wants him on offense or defense
  2. the prospects of getting on the field and making an impact early

McCay has indicated that he will not be selecting a school until after the first of the year, so be prepared to sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride. This one may not be over with till signing day.

Jatashun Beachum has listed his top five.

  1. Kansas University
  2. Oregon
  3. Florida
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Tennessee

Florida and Oregon are the two leaders currently. He currently holds 15 scholarship offers from around the country. His unique blend of size, power, and speed has him projected at everything from quarterback and running back to defensive tackle or defensive end.

As a runner, he has good north-south motion, incredible power, and tackle-breaking ability. He is a bruiser back that wears on defenses as the game progresses. He lacks the high-gear speed at the second level, but if he can consistently pound defenders for 5-7 yards, that probably doesn't matter much.

As a defensive end or tackle, he has size, power, and lateral movement necessary to beat opposing offensive lines off of the snap or bull-rush through them. He is a very intriguing prospect whichever way he goes.

Happy Trails

The following prospects have given verbal commitments to other schools. While nothing is out of the realm of possibility, all of them appear to be solid verbals.

  • Quarterback Sean Robinson from Rochester, IL has committed to Purdue.
  • Offensive Tackle Brandon Scherff from Denison, IA has committed to the University of Iowa.
  • ATH Julian Wilson from Moore, OK has committed to OU.


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