Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith not the only RB in the family
Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and arguably the greatest to ever play the position, so growing up in the Smith household and playing running back means living in a large shadow.
However, Smith’s son — E.J. Smith — seems to be handling the pressure pretty nicely thus far. On Monday night, the younger Smith added an offer from Kentucky, making it his fourth offer thus far.
The sophomore from Dallas Jesuit rushed for 1,177 yards and 24 touchdowns and added 540 yards receiving and 7 touchdown receptions this season. That performance has earned him early offers now from Kentucky, Georgia, SMU and Jackson State.
At 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Smith is currently listed as an all-purpose back, but he could develop into more of an every-down back like his father if he adds some mass in the next couple years. And as a big-time performer at one of the top high school programs in the country, this is likely just the beginning for Smith.
Smith’s father was a star at Florida before being drafted by the Cowboys in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft. So he’d be a legacy in Gainesville and new Florida coach Dan Mullen would be wise to keep a close eye on him.
Because even if he doesn’t turn into one of the greatest of all-time like his father, he’s going to be highly recruited and it’s really good public relations to land a commitment from a Hall of Fame member’s son that plenty of other SEC teams will be after.