Size. Speed. Strength. Intelligence. All of these are important for a football player.
Sometimes though, all of those things without the nasty can make a player incomplete. Fortunately for tight end Kaden Smith, there is plenty of nasty to his game. It’s that edge that he possesses that puts him over the top as not just a good prospect, but a great one. It’s likely a big reason why he is a national recruit that is being pursued by schools all over the country.
Smith is a coordinated big man with good movement skills. Has solid speed for the position. He has the size and frame to easily be an ideal Y tight end that lines up in-line.
There isn’t much that Smith isn’t good at. He’s a natural hands catcher that is a threat on short and intermediate routes. He can be a bit or a sharper route runner, but uses his body really well to shield defenders to make catches. He is capable of making spectacular catches and does a nice job of adjusting to poorly thrown footballs.
He lines up out wide at times and is a size mismatch for anyone who is asked to cover him out there as well.
As much as I like what I see from him as a receiver, he’s even better as blocker. He fires out with a good based and does a great job of fitting his hands inside. He finishes through the echo of the whistle and has an edge to him. In addition to his work in-line, shows an ability to make an impact with isolations and wham blocks in an H-back role.
He can do it all from anywhere on the field. His versatility is a huge strength and should help him fit in any offense he plays at in college.
Smith has the potential to contribute early in his career and be a starter for multiple seasons. He has the tools and mentality to develop into one of the top tight ends in all of college football.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).