For the past three years at Bishop Gorman, Jake Smith has been a standout record-setting quarterback for the Crusaders.
But Smith didn’t get a whole lot of attention from the Power 5 schools. He did receive scholarship offers from smaller programs even an FCS one.
However, late in the process he got an offer he just couldn’t refuse as Smith received a preferred walk-on invite to Texas A&M.
Coming from a family of Aggies, he says it was a no brainer to accept.
In addition, when he gets to College Station in June, he’ll be no lower than third on the depth chart, and will be able to compete for the back-up job right away.
“I’ve bled maroon and white since I was little. I’ve always been born to say ‘Gig’em’ and keep one thumb up and two horns down. The coaches over there have put all the confidence in me. And have let me that it’s really a level playing field there. Just the fact that I can play football there is something that I’ve been dreaming of since I was a little kid. And you know I never thought that would happen. I thought a dream would just be a dream, and you know, that would die off,” said Smith, who threw for almost 12,000 yards, and 121 touchdowns during his high school career.
The three other Gorman seniors who officially bound their commitments to the next level are Zack Sheeny, who signs with Centenary College to play tennis and to swim, Keldon Bowie will swim at Sterling College, and Anastasia Hawkins will be a track manager at North Texas.
Smith, who hopes to become a lawyer one day, will major in economics hoping to follow a pre-law curriculum.
Sheehy is the first male tennis player from Gorman that signs to play at the college level. He’ll study biology with the goal of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon.