Olathe South, Kansas offensive tackle Braden Smith is one of the most talented recruits in the 2014 class, and there is a chance that he is the best overall tackle in that class. He already has a dozen offers, which is incredible for a 2014 recruit. Last week, Charlie Weis, who has been hitting the state and region hard early on in his tenure, offered the top recruit.
The five-star recruit is ranked as the second best offensive tackle in the 2014 class by 247Sports, and Braden Smith is clearly the top player in the state of Kansas. It would be huge for KU to nab him, as it would represent the defining progress in the Weis era.
One of the top 15 recruits in the 2014 class, Braden Smith has already received offers from Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Stanford, TCU, and Virginia. Illinois also has interest in Smith.
247Sports gave him a rating of 98, and he is definitely deserving of the high praise. Smith’s immense strength is easy to see, and he can bench 425 and squat 500. Here is some good tape from Scout (subscription required) on the 6’6″, 282 pound tackle.