Jack Smith signs NLI with Arizona State

Photo: azcentral sports

Photo: azcentral sports

BY: ED COLE

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The New Devils Order got a +1 on Wednesday, with former Mountain Pointe quarterback Jack Smith signing his National Letter of Intent.

With Smith’s signing, the Sun Devils’ 2016 signing class is now up to 19.

Smith – the son of Arizona State baseball head coach Tracy Smith – was one of the most heralded young men in the state of Arizona during his time with the Pride. He played quarterback at Mountain Pointe, but he signed on with Arizona State as an athlete. It’s believed that Smith will man the safety position for the Sun Devils.

As good as Smith was at the high school level, teams naturally fell all over him, and they wanted him to come and do the same for them at the college level. Smith got offers from Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico State and UNLV. He ultimately chose to stay home and play for head coach Todd Graham, who couldn’t be more pleased that he landed his fourth in-state recruit.

Smith joins former Chandler athletes N’Keal Harry (WR) , Chase Lucas (DB) and former Centennial guard Marshal Nathe in the 2016 signing class.

In his senior season, Smith led the Pride to a 12-1 record and a trip to the state semifinals. They lost to the eventual state champion Centennial Coyotes in that round. Smith completed 63-percent of his passes for 2,005 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also tacked on 932 yards rushing (8.2 ypc.) and nine more touchdowns. All of that production got Smith All-Arizona Division I Second Team honors from azcentral sports in his final season at Mountain Pointe.

In his high school career, Smith threw for a total of 6,396 yards and 65 touchdowns, along with 1,573 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns. MaxPreps named him the 2015 Mountain Pointe Overall Player of the Year after his stellar senior season with the Pride. Smith was a three-star recruit according to Rivals, who ranked him as the No. 13 player in the state. He was also listed as the No. 18 player in the state by ESPN.