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Jackson Smith, America’s Top-Ranked Kicker, Commits to Kentucky

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One of the best kickers in America will represent his home state at the University of Kentucky. Boyle County’s Jackson Smith announced on Kentucky Sports Radio that he will be a Wildcat.

The son of former Wildcat Andy Smith, an All-SEC punter that set a school record in 1999, Jackson Smith is a two-time First Team All-State placekicker for Boyle County. Last December at Kroger Field Smith made a 23-yard go-ahead field goal in overtime to lift the Rebels to a 4A State Championship.

ProKicker.com ranks Smith as the No. 1 kicker and punter in America. Recruited by UK for years, Smith first made headlines across the Commonwealth when he booted a ball 51 yards through the uprights as an eighth grader.

Smith isn’t your average kicker. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete also serves as the team’s punter, letting it rip from the pocket or by rolling out Aussie-style. He’s not just a specialist. Smith lines up at outside linebacker and runs routes as a wide receiver. Despite his many talents, he’ll focus primarily on placekicking duties in Lexington.

The Wildcats have now received commitments from in-state stars in three straight weeks. Smith’s decision follows four-star offensive lineman Grant Bingham and four-star athlete Treyveon Longmire. Kentucky now has five commitments in the 2022 class that ranks in the top 30 nationally, and they could be adding more soon when the Wade twins and Kiyaunta Goodwin make their college decisions next weekend.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

19 Comments for Jackson Smith, America’s Top-Ranked Kicker, Commits to Kentucky



  1. UKBigBlueForever
    11:12 am April 8, 2021 Permalink

    Sweet



  2. csnailnrun
    11:12 am April 8, 2021 Permalink

    This is awesome. 51yrds as an 8th graded. Wow. Anyone experienced in kicker development able to comment on what range he can develop into?



    • bigbluebg
      11:17 am April 8, 2021 Permalink

      He should be able to kick 100-yarders by his senior year of college.



    • Alex90
      11:17 am April 8, 2021 Permalink

      I am an expert. Based on my secret formula I project that he will be able to kick a 143 yd field goal by his Junior year



    • csnailnrun
      11:19 am April 8, 2021 Permalink

      Haha. You clowns.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:41 pm April 8, 2021 Permalink

      At the combine he’ll be kicking it all the way to our field goals here in Lexington…..accurately



  3. KYCat4EVER
    11:14 am April 8, 2021 Permalink

    Great GOOGLEY… MOOGLEY!

    Welcome to UK young MAN!

    GO BIG BLUE!



  4. satcheluk
    11:16 am April 8, 2021 Permalink

    Congratulations to him! Welcome to BBN!
    It would seem the staff had some influence on the timing of the commitments, as it appears there is momentum building for a crescendo as the twins, Wimsatt and Goodwin all make announcements soon. If they land all 4, then we’re likely looking at a top 15/al time best class at UK.



    • bigbluebg
      11:27 am April 8, 2021 Permalink

      I hope you’re right. If we do land those kids, man…what a massive momentum swing for the program after a disappointing 2020 season.

      Maybe this will attract other kids from the 2021 or the 2022 class.



    • UKBigBlueForever
      11:12 pm April 9, 2021 Permalink

      I don’t know if 2020 was that disappointing of a season honestly. It was an all SEC schedule except for the bowl game.



  5. Catcasey1
    11:17 am April 8, 2021 Permalink

    He looks 28 lol



    • VilleCat11
      11:23 am April 8, 2021 Permalink

      You better be careful.. Some people really dont like those comments.. 🙂



  6. pbjuk
    12:10 pm April 8, 2021 Permalink

    What was Poor Chance Clemson Super-fan ranked?



    • TBW3011
      5:09 pm April 8, 2021 Permalink

      What does one have to do with the other?



  7. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    12:15 pm April 8, 2021 Permalink

    The way our offense plays on 3rd & long…we’re gonna need him



  8. Dave C
    3:13 pm April 8, 2021 Permalink

    Kicker U



  9. Miller45
    6:41 pm April 8, 2021 Permalink

    After Austin left we had a rude awakening as to the value of a solid kicker for sure