The college options these days for high school tight ends can be few and far between, thanks to the rise of spread offenses that flood the field with speedy slot receivers in addition to long and lean players near the sidelines who often look like small forwards from the basketball team.
Kelvin Smith is a throw back to the old days of football with tight ends that are equally adept at grabbing a pass in traffic or mauling a linebacker to open up space in the running game.
That made Smith, who is 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, a perfect fit for UNT. The senior committed to play for the Mean Green this week.
UNT uses tight ends and H-backs extensively. Drew Miller caught 17 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns last season as a senior and ranked fourth among UNT players in both receptions and receiving yards.
Smith caught just three passes, but was an All-District 13-5A selection last season when he helped clear the way for Demarcus Felton, a running back who signed with Texas Tech.
“It really jumped out that North Texas uses tight ends,” Smith said. “I really like to block, but I can also catch the ball.”
Smith said he chose UNT over an offer from New Mexico. UTEP and Rice also showed interest. UNT defensive line coach Kevin Patrick recruited Smith, who attended UNT’s satellite camp in Deer Park earlier this summer. The more Smith found out about UNT, the more he thought the school was the right fit for him because of the opportunities he would have both with the football program and to advance his academic career.
Smith has a 3.5 core GPA and plans to major in electrical engineering.
For more on Smith, see tomorrow’s edition of the Denton Record-Chronicle.
Until then, here is some film of Smith from his Instagram account: