Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national level has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, either, as the hype continues to build for this year’s games: Dec. 18 and Jan. 22 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Jan. 6 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium and Jan. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
A few years ago as a member of the Class of 2015, while it might seem longer to some, Jeff Smith from Clearwater Central Catholic (FL) was the difference between winning and losing in a 39-14 victory for the South over the North at Raymond James Stadium.
Back then, for the game, plans were in place for him to share the field with well-known national names such as Boston College commit Chris Lindstrom, Samford commit Kelvin McKnight, South Carolina commit Keisean Nixon and Michigan commit Karan Higdon.
Fast forward, to present day, and the 6-foot-1 and 190-pound junior wide receiver is finding ways to make an impact at Boston College. To the surprise of no one, worth noting, as Smith and the Eagles play Florida State on Oct. 27 in an ACC game at 8 p.m. (EST).
He ranked among the team leaders this season with 19 catches for 233 receiving yards, more than a first down per touch. We’d be remiss without mentioning that Smith averaged nearly five yards per carry on the ground and also completed a 25-yard touchdown pass.
As a sophomore, he had 27 catches for 395 receiving yards and three touchdowns. As a freshman, after being recruited as a quarterback, Smith lined up under center for nine game, three starts, and finished with 703 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns, six rushing.
There you have it, an update on his career, a versatile one at that. Many might argue, rightfully so, the well-rounded skill set of Smith was first revealed on the national stage during the brand’s All-American Bowl in Florida. Obviously, he has not looked back since.