The first Houston Cougars pledge to receive an offer from the Texas Longhorns is Tyler John Tyler quarterback Bryson Smith, who officially picked up his chance to play for Tom Herman on Tuesday evening:
18th Recruiting offer for @BrysonSmith_17 from @Longhorn_FB pic.twitter.com/ARx1X9GpxZ— JT Lions Football (@JTUFootball) December 7, 2016
Smith is a consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 961 player nationally, the No. 20 dual-threat quarterback, and the No. 132 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Other offers include Bowling Green, Purdue, SMU, and Tulane.
When Herman was at Houston, he wanted Smith as a quarterback, but with Westlake’s Sam Ehlinger already pledged in the class, Herman is looking at him as a slot receiver, a source told Horns247.
At 6’0 and 170 pounds, Smith goes to the same school as current Houston standout quarterback Greg Ward Jr. and has a similar build and skill set — it’s an easy comparison.
A wide receiver as a sophomore, Smith transitioned to quarterback during his junior season, throwing for 2,415 yards, 20 touchdowns, and only six interceptions, while gaining 1,428 yards and scoring 28 touchdowns on the ground.
Because Smith is a dynamic athlete, he could also provide value as a wide receiver in college if quarterback doesn’t work out. At the Dallas The Opening Regional camp in March, Smith ran a 4.59 40-yard dash, a 4.11 shuttle, and posted a 36.8-inch vertical leap.
If the Tyler product does decide to follow Herman to Austin, he could provide insurance at quarterback since the ‘Horns are only set to have three players on scholarship at the position next season.
And if that doesn’t work out quickly, Smith could quickly make the move to wide receiver.
In any case, he’s talented enough to contribute in the slot in the worst-case scenario of his potential future at quarterback.