According to his Hudl page, junior running back Trelon Smith stands at 5’10 and 175-pounds, but the standout statistic is his 40-yard dash, which clocks in at 4.41 seconds. This is the kind of speed that allowed Smith to play much bigger than his size would lead you to believe in 2015.
“It went real good,” Smith told Today’s U. “This season I had 1,800 yards and over 17 touchdowns, so it went really well for me. It was an awesome season. We finished 5-5, but you need six wins to make the playoffs. We came up short this year.”
Although Cypress Ridge’s (Houston) record did not qualify for the postseason, Smith and his teammates will use this year as quality experience to make a playoff charge in the future. As for Smith, who is gaining steam on the recruiting trail, his junior year may have served as his breakout season.
“I’m an aggressive runner with speed and I’ve got some power, good footwork and vision,” Smith said. “I run downhill and I would say I’m a one-cut person. I make one cut and go.”
While Smith was brief in his description of his game, the junior running back absorbs contact well, runs through arm tackles, sets up his blocks efficiently and has impressive open-field vision, all qualities normally present in senior prospects. In addition to these traits, Smith has the breakaway speed necessary to hit a homerun on any given play, plus the speed to find the edge and hit the hole with authority.
Many schools are in search of a recruit that fits this description, and Smith landed his first offer earlier this week.
“SMU officially offered me today,” Smith said on Tuesday. “It was truly a blessing. They told me to give them a call, so I called tham and they told me how they watched my highlights. That’s when they told me they officially offered me. I didn’t want to yell over the phone, but I just went crazy on the inside.”
Although SMU entered his recruitment with an offer first, the two parties still have a gap to bridge in terms of familiarity. That is a gap the Mustangs’ hoped to close this week.
“Actually the first time I talked to SMU, thats’s when they offered me,” Smith said. “I also saw them in my school this past week, so I am starting to get to know them a lot.”
As for schools outside of SMU, Smith has received interest from several other Division-I football programs.
“It’s been going good,” Smith said. “I talk to Duke, Houston, Tulsa and also Purdue. I will be taking [a visit] to Duke I think in March.”
Duke visited Smith’s school in Texas last week, which served as a good opportunity for the junior prospect to learn more about the Blue Devils’ rising program.
“Actually, I met the running back coach this past Friday of last week,” Smith said. “He’s a cool coach and I liked him. He was cool. Duke has made a good jump [as a program].”
Smith says that he plas to visit Duke and SMU in the next couple months. These trips will serve as the junior’s first recruiting visits, so he is excited about these upcoming stops. Look for more programs to enter the fray over the course of the offseason.