Miami football prospect Brashard Smith could be next Tyreke Hill

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 14: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 14: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Three-star wide receiver Brashard Smith is one of the most versatile players the Miami football program is recruiting. Smith could be utilized like Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreke Hill.

Three-star wide receiver Brashard Smith would be a perfect fit for new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee’s up-tempo spread offense for the Miami football program. Smith had 36 receptions for 628 yards and 13 touchdowns, four carries for 17 yards and at least two kickoff returns for TDs in 2019. Lashlee likes versatility.

Smith is 5’8.5, 190 pounds. Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreke Hill was 5’10 185 pounds in his one season at Oklahoma State. In 2014, Hill totaled 514 rushing yards and a TD, 31 receptions for 281 yards receiving and a TD, added 30 kickoff returns for 740 yards and two TDs and 27 punt returns for 256 yards and one TD.

In Kansas City, Hill has become a superstar because of his speed and versatility. Lashlee has adapted well to his personnel throughout his career as an offensive coordinator. Smith would provide him with a player he can lineup in multiple spots in numerous formations.

Recently departed Miami running back DeeJay Dallas is another player that Smith compares to. Dallas began his Miami football career at wide receiver. When starting RB Mark Walton was lost for the season, head coach Mark Richt moved Dallas to RB where he stayed for the remainder of his Hurricanes career.

In three seasons, Dallas had 1,527 rushing yards and 17 TDs, 28 receptions for 317 yards and two TDs and averaged 21 yards on 20 kickoff returns and 17.4 yards on 11 punt returns with one TD. Miami

recruiting analyst Charles Fishbein spoke to Manny Navarro of The Athletic

about the potential Smith has at the next level.

"“Brashard plays everywhere (at Palmetto)…He’s a guy they run on jet sweeps. They’ll put them in the backfield and run Wildcat. I’m a really big fan of Brashard. I went to probably three or four of their games last year, and in back to back games he had kickoff returns for touchdowns. He’s an explosive player.You want the ball in his hands. He’s very elusive. He’s probably the most underrated player on their team…Now, he doesn’t have the most upside (in the elite group at Palmetto)….To me, it’s all about how you utilize a guy like him. Tyreke Hill was a running back in high school.He was a running back in college, and you’ve seen how the Chiefs got him involved in their offense. As an offensive coordinator, it’s about how do I get him in a one-on-one situation where I know I’m going to win 90 percent of the time.With (Miami offensive coordinator) Rhett Lashlee, he’ll utilize somebody like Brashard very well and move him around. You don’t just stick them at running back and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to hand the ball to this guy 20 times a game.’ You want to get them the ball 10 times running it, five times on jet sweeps and five or six catches. So, by the time you look at his numbers at the end of the game, he has 180 to 200 yards.”"

Smith is the prototype player for Lashlee’s offense and the future of the sport. Smith might not become the star of the team but with his playmaking ability, moving him around in different formations will make defending him challenging for opposing defensive coordinators. Smith currently has one crystal ball projecting him to Miami.

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Smith was previously commited to Florida. Four-star WR Romello Brinson who is currently the top-ranked commit to Miami for 2021 and five-defensive tackle Leonard Taylor are among the star-studded teammates that Smith has at Palmetto.