It’s now 51 days to kick-off against North Dakota State, and we’re in the thick of our linebacker previews with players like Blake Slaughter and Mike Moore. Next up is #51 David Smith, a junior linebacker out of Argyle, Texas. Smith, who played football at the private Liberty Christian, has been largely a scout squad player to date and will look to gain some playing experience after transitioning to upperclassman status.
Smith is another classic example of a player that demolished competition at smaller schools but never got the chance to consistently prove himself against better competition, leaving other schools to look over him. Liberty Christian School in Argyle, TX, has approximately 100 students per class (and possibly less – exact enrollment figures are difficult to come by). Smith tore it up at Liberty Christian, being recognized as a letterwinner all four year while winning unanimous selection to the Texas All-State First Team as a linebacker his senior year. His team won the state championship as a sophomore and reached the finals his senior year, when he recorded 93 tackles on the season. He was also named the district’s defensive MVP his final year of high school.
Smith was featured on the White (2nd) Team during the spring game in April and recorded one solo tackle. He appears to be headed to a supporting role this season, filling in as a reserve and moving past his time on the scouting squad. I’m excited to see how he reacts to playing against DI level talent, although after playing in the State Championship Game in Texas – even if it was Division I – surely prepared him for this opportunity.
Join us tomorrow as we take the opportunity for an extended look at #50 Tre Walker’s comeback to mark only 50 days left in our countdown.