Scottsdale (Az.) Notre Dame Preparatory wide receiver Jake Smith arrived on the Forty Acres over the weekend for his official visit, and headed back home to Arizona as a Texas Longhorns commit, he announced on Sunday.
A prized pass catcher with 32 offers, Smith was also considering a variety of other programs, including Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Texas A&M, but on May 7, Smith trimmed his recruitment to just two finalists — Texas and USC.
Shortly after announcing his final two schools, Smith booked official visits to USC for May 18, with Texas getting the final say on June 1. Despite the order of the visits, though, Texas was considered Smith’s top option entering his USC visit, and that belief held true even after his trip.
On Sunday, the perception surrounding Smith’s recruitment proved true, as the explosive pass catcher picked Texas, just a day after Director of Recruiting Bryan Carrington tweeted out his signature emoji to indicate a new silent pledge.
A priority prospect in the slot, Smith is an electric talent with breakaway speed and no shortage of versatility. In addition to thriving as a returner, Smith totaled 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 33 receptions, and added another 1,135 yards and 11 touchdowns on 118 carries.
In Austin, the 6-foot-1, 189-pound Smith will find a home in the slot, where he’s previously noted he feels he can become a true star, and his film unquestionably indicates that belief is rooted in reality.
Ranked as the nation’s No. 104 player and the No. 17 wide receiver, Smith now brings the 2019 Texas recruiting class up to nine members. He’s the second pledge from Arizona this cycle, joining three-star Chandler tight end Brayden Liebrock.
Tom Herman’s 2019 class now ranks No. 12 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12.
- Tyler Johnson — 5-star OT
- Jordan Whittington — 4-star WR
- De’Gabriel Floyd — 4-star OLB
- Jake Smith — 4-star WR
- Kenyatta Watson II — 4-star CB
- Roschon Johnson — 4-star QB
- Brayden Liebrock — 3-star TE
- T’Vondre Sweat — 3-star SDE
- Jared Wiley — 3-star TE