July 8, 2010

Texas quarterback holds CSU offer

Arm strength is likely to get Richmond (Tex.) quarterback Conner Smith some free schooling. The Travis High School product holds a scholarship offer from Colorado State after attending their camp in June and likes what he hears from the Rams.

"(CSU Head Coach) Steve Fairchild pretty much told me he believes that he can get me where I want to go and that is the NFL," Smith said Tuesday. "He said he promised me he would be there all four years and would work with me that would help me the most. I really liked it. I went to their camp in early June. I saw the facilities and stuff like that."

Smith's numbers aren't overly impressive. He completed 52 percent of his passes for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Smith averaged just 12 pass attempts per game in a largely run-dominated offense.

"Honestly, I don't get much of a chance to prove myself on the field because of the offense we run," Smith said. "I think when I we get to camps, the coaches like my strong arm. That is what I do. I can throw well and that is how I can beat people."

With so few chances to throw the ball in a live game, Smith said he has been to camps at Arizona, Arizona State, Alabama and Arkansas in hopes of collecting more scholarship offers.

"I have been going to a bunch of camps to get more offers," Smith said. "I think I am going to wait until the end of summer and Colorado State said they would give me that much time to make a decision. Hopefully I'll have a few more offers to make a decision.

"Nothing really concerns me (about Colorado State)," Smith said. "I thought it was a great place when I went there. Fort Collins is a great place, everyone was really nice. The indoor weight room and practice facility was really nice too. I haven't checked into academics, but I know they have a good Vet school, which is something I think it would be cool to be."

Smith stands 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds. He runs a 4.9 in the 40-yard dash and has a vertical of 26 inches. He should be a full qualifier academically thanks to a 3.0 grade-point average and a 1660 score on the SAT. In addition to the Colorado State offer, Smith said he believes a scholarship offer from UTEP is forthcoming.

"I am not sure what to think about UTEP," Smith said. "There is a kid from my school going there and he said it is a nice place. I am not sure. I haven't been there yet, so I am not sure what to think of it. The coaches seem like nice people."

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