NAME: Jaylen Smith
POSITION: Wide Receiver
JERSEY: No. 9
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 223 lbs
Increasing his receiving output in every year, Smith has been a critical piece in Louisville’s passing game and has major upside at the next level. Smith has averaged 16.9 yards per catch across his 116 career receptions and offers an impressive vertical receiving skill set for his size.
Smith is a smooth mover for his size with good quickness in and out of his breaks. It’s apparent that he knows how to attack coverage and find space to get open. He accelerates quickly out of his stance and generates strong vertical push in his stem. He attacks leverage advantages and spacing which leads to him getting loose in the secondary.
Smith showcases excellent ball skills and hands, always greeting the football with proper technique. He tracks the football precisely and does well to adjust to its trajectory. He effectively makes acrobatic catches that require his frame to contort and high levels of concentration to complete.
As a senior, showcasing an expanded route tree and consistency using his size at the catch point in contested situations is needed. There is another level of physicality that Smith can achieve as a route-runner to take more advantage of his imposing frame.
Smith will have to adjust to life without Lamar Jackson as a senior but if Jackson’s replacement Juwan Pass is smart, he’ll be looking Smith’s way early and often.