Jaden Smith is the ninth Montana State soccer participant, and the third extensive receiver, to enter the switch portal because the 2021 common season ended.
Smith, who began the primary 11 video games final season, introduced his entrance into the portal Friday on social media. The Texas native is a rising redshirt sophomore recruited by Jeff Choate, who left MSU to be co-defensive coordinator at Texas and was changed by Brent Vigen final 12 months.
“First and Foremost I wish to thank God for blessing me with the chance to attend Montana State College whereas perusing [sic] my educational and athletic profession,” Smith wrote in a message he shared on Twitter. “I might additionally wish to thank Coach Choate, Coach Vigen, and their employees for granting me the chance to be part of the Montana state soccer program. The previous 3 years in Bozeman has been actually a blessing to me. I’ve created life lengthy relationships and reminiscences that may by no means be forgotten.”
Smith was a three-star recruit at Kennedale (Texas) Excessive, a college that ran the run-heavy Wing-T offense. He redshirted in 2019 after taking part in in three video games, which included a 47-yard landing catch (his lone reception of the season). The 6-foot-5, 206-pounder was MSU’s beginning “X” receiver all through this previous common common season, on the opposite facet of the sector from All-Large Sky “Z” receiver Lance McCutcheon. Whereas Smith was praised for his blocking means, his manufacturing by no means matched his spectacular expertise. He completed 2021 with 12 catches for 126 yards and no TDs.
The Bobcats presently have eight receivers who have been on final 12 months’s roster, and so they introduced in Saint John’s College switch Ravi Alston earlier this offseason. MSU has additionally signed Hamilton (Arizona) Excessive’s Christian Anaya, Billings West’s Taco Dowler and Butte’s Dylan Snyder.
Smith’s announcement got here someday after MSU reserve receiver Jamahd Monroe tweeted that he was getting into the portal. Fellow backup wideout Charles Brown made his portal resolution public final week.
MSU beginning proper sort out TJ Session and reserve offensive lineman Cole Snyder introduced their entries into the portal final week, and reserve working again DeMareus Hosey did in order properly. Third-string quarterback Casey Bauman entered the portal about two months in the past, whereas common season beginning QB Matthew McKay and backup kicker Luke Pawlak each entered in December.
McKay, now at Elon, is the one 2021 Bobcat who has dedicated elsewhere after going into the portal as of Friday.