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Maxwell Smith Recruited Kentucky

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There’s a cool post on the SEC blog portion of the ESPN website about the unconventional way in which Maxwell Smith arrived on the University of Kentucky’s campus. Smith sat out his junior season with injuries and then wound up transferring from the run heavy offense he played in at Bishop Alemany for the more pass happy attack of Birmingham High School, both in California. He put up big numbers and started to get attention, but was believed to be a junior by most of the schools looking at him. That’s why he took the initiative to send out game tape to school all over the country, one of those schools was Kentucky. The team liked what they saw, but didn’t have space for Smith so after a grayshirt semester and a freshman campaign in which he was seemingly dumped into the fire, Smith is holding down the starting role going into the season.

I don’t know if there’s anything more Kentucky than your starting quarterback not being recruited by anyone on staff, but I can live with it if Smith can come in and produce next season. Smith played well last year considering that he probably shouldn’t have been anywhere close to the field of play. He seems to possess the confidence and skill necessary to succeed. If he can carry us to any sort of semblance of a respectable season then he’ll certainly win the title of recruiter of the year.

Article written by Matthew Hays

16 Comments for Maxwell Smith Recruited Kentucky

  1. thenamerobdigity
    8:03 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    If Towles doesn’t start then the second best quarterback will, and that is Maxwell Smith.

  2. ShagOnSports
    8:10 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    He looked pretty good at Spring Game.

  3. rjr
    8:10 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been very down on the Kentucky football team lately, but not Max Smith. The guy showed a lot of guts last season and I liked the way he played when he likely had little or no snaps in practice. If somebody can catch the ball next year, Max Smith might be the biggest reason we won’t suck as much as I think we will.

  4. cruse
    8:42 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    said it once and maybe this will be the final time. Our coach is named Joker. Need I say more?

  5. mike
    8:55 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    bitchezz be playing with me here at ole miss, i wanna hook up but idk if they want ot. they be playing with my minded this shiz is cray

  6. truth
    10:11 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Smith sucks, he would not start for wku.

  7. Duke sucks
    10:18 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    #1 is correct. Towels will be starting by mid season. Newton needs to move to tight end were he can have a chance at success. Smith is a good SEC backup. I like him but if anyone thinks he’s up to par in the SEC has blue blinders on.

  8. njCat
    10:35 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Towles needs to get on the field as soon as he knows the offense. No disrespect to Max Smith, but when you get a top 10 HS QB, they need to be given a chance to play. If Towles fails (like our last two 4 star QB’s), the Smith can get his shot.

    No way Towles sits on the bench for 3 years waiting for his chance.

  9. Lol
    11:43 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Lol uk football that’s cute

  10. Common Sense
    1:06 am May 5, 2012 Permalink

    The skill set to succeed? Do you watch the same games I do Mr. Hays? Do you remember his 2 INT’s against S. Carolina WITH A TOTAL OF THREE PASSES? Did you watch him over throw or under throw the deep ball to Demarco Robinson 80% of the time during the spring game? I still firmly believe Newton is better but is in the wrong offense to succeed.

  11. Hong Hue
    6:32 am May 5, 2012 Permalink

  12. Cool Ricardo
    6:55 am May 5, 2012 Permalink

    Cool Ricardo prediction for 2012 football record = 12-2!!!

  13. big tim
    8:12 am May 5, 2012 Permalink

    1,7,8 i think towles should redshirt this year as great as he will be its a big jump highschool to college in the sec theres alot he has to learn but thats if max dont get hurt if max gets hurt towles will have to play i just dont have faith in newton if max goes down

  14. Bo Knerr
    9:27 am May 5, 2012 Permalink

    6 is rect.

    13 is co-rrect.

  15. shane j
    9:48 am May 5, 2012 Permalink

    Jacob russle is better then max smith keep an eye on this russle kid.. he is a very underrated stud I promise he is special

  16. Truth
    8:54 pm May 5, 2012 Permalink

    #9, you getting ramrodded by your cellmate “bubba”..even cuter. TMFS