Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Conway QB among the state's best
Quarterback Breylin Smith led Conway to a 9-3 record in Class 7A, the highest classification in Arkansas as a sophomore. The Wampus Cats lost to the eventual state title winner Bentonville in the semifinals.
His play hasn’t gone unnoticed and has schools like Arkansas, Wake Forest, Ole Miss and SMU and others interested.
Smith, 6-3, 175 pounds is the son of former Razorback defensive end Bryan Smith, who played for Coach Danny Ford in the mid-90’s. He plans to attend Arkansas’ June 19th Elie Camp in an effort of earning a scholarship offer. Video highlights CLICK HERE
“Living in Arkansas, everybody loves the Razorbacks,” Smith said. “That’s where dad played. We went to a couple of games and all my friends like the Razorbacks. I guess you could say I’m a pretty good Razorback fan.”
He and several of the top 2016 in-state prospects visited Fayetteville earlier this year.
“I really liked it,” Smith said. “Coach B (Bielema) and Coach (Barry) Lunney I really like and coach (Jim) Chaney, I like him. It was fun.”
Lunney and Chaney visited the school during the spring evaluation period. Smith is looking forward to next week’s camp.
“As long as I’m fundamentally sound moving well and staying on target, I’ll be alright,” Smith said.
Smith’s father is 6-5 and he expects to grow another inch or two. He completed 149 of 243 passes for 2,003 yards and 20 touchdowns while throwing 6 interceptions while making the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All Metro team.
“The longer the season went on I started doing more,” Smith said. “Calling plays, more stuff at the line of scrimmage and getting a better feel and more comfortable.”
He was quick to mention areas of improvement he needs to make for next season.
“Complete deep balls,” Smith said. “I missed a lot of deep balls and just the easy throws and making the little easy check downs that may get us a first down instead of trying to force something somewhere and then you get it deflected and intercepted.”
He plans to attend the Wake Forest camp.
“Wake Forest really likes the way I throw,” he said. “They like my size. The size and arm is pretty much what they’ve been saying.”