John Tyler’s Bryson Smith Picks Up Offer From ULL
Bryson Smith's college options have tripled in a span of 24 hours.
Louisiana-Lafayette contacted the junior John Tyler quarterback around noon Monday and gave him his third scholarship opportunity. The official John Tyler football Twitter account was first to report the news.
ULL's offer came on the heels of Bowling Green reaching out to Smith (5-11, 165) Sunday.
Smith now has three colleges interested in his services after his senior year at John Tyler. SMU broke the ice in his recruiting process Dec. 5.
The Ragin' Cajuns posted a 4-8 overall record this past season, including a 3-5 mark in the Sun Belt Conference, but can still be considered in the midst of their most successful decade as a program.
ULL reached and won the New Orleans Bowl in each of head coach Mark Hudspeth's first four years, granted it later had to vacate its 2011 victory. The program had never been to an FBS bowl game since joining the highest ranking level of college football in 2001.
In addition to the Sun Belt schedule, the Ragin' Cajuns already have non-conference games lined up against Ohio, Texas A&M and Tulsa between the 2017 and 2020 seasons.
Smith spent his junior season under center for John Tyler after starting at receiver as a sophomore. He threw for 2,415 yards and 20 touchdowns to six interceptions while also rushing for a team-best 1,421 yards and an additional 21 scores.
In the process, the signal caller guided his team to a Class 5A Division I area round appearance after winning the District 16-5A crown. John Tyler went 8-4 overall after an 0-3 start.
Smith is expected to play quarterback once again during his senior season. Alongside junior Texas receiver commitment Damion Miller, he’ll be one of the returning offensive players the team leans on as it jumps to Class 6A.
The quarterback also is John Tyler’s starting point guard. In the spring, Smith is an accomplished triple jumper and relay team member.
At the third annual ETSN.fm + APEC Football Recruiting Combine in Tyler last May, Smith recorded the highest vertical jump of all 113 athletes in attendance — 39 inches — and logged the best laser-timed 40-yard dash, 4.52 seconds.
Smith, like all high school players currently in their junior year, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February, 2017.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Judah Bell, Tyler Bishop Gorman, WR, 6-3, 180 -- offers from Houston, SMU (2)
- Lagaryonn Carson, Liberty-Eylau, DE, 6-4, 261 -- committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M (9)
- Trestan Ebner, Henderson, WR, 5-11, 180 -- committed to SMU; additional offer from Kansas (2)
- Montrell Estell, Hooks, WR, 6-2, 180 -- offers from Kansas, Texas Tech (2)
- Octavius Evans, Center, WR, 6-2, 186 -- offers from Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech (2)
- Kayce Medlock, Arp, ATH, 5-9, 186 -- offer from SMU (1)
- Damion Miller, John Tyler, WR, 6-1, 189 -- committed to Texas; additional offers from Houston, Kansas, Oklahoma State; Ole Miss; SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (8)
- Javontavius Mosley, John Tyler, CB, 6-0, 160 -- offer from SMU (1)
- Bryson Smith, John Tyler, ATH, 5-11, 160 -- offers from Bowling Green, SMU, ULL (3)
- Major Tennison, Bullard, TE, 6-6, 248 -- committed to Texas; additional offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (6)