To say it's the strongest year in Kansas in quite some time would be a dramatic understatement.
There are already 13 players that have earned scholarships from Division I schools and the battle for the top spots in the state are going to be fun to follow. One player that will be toward the top of the list when the discussion does start is Overland Park (Kan.) St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Brian Smith.
With an already impressive list of scholarship offers from teams like Arizona State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Texas Tech, Washington and Kentucky, Smith recently added to the list several solid new offers.
"Brian picked up new offers from Michigan State and Nebraska," Chris Smith, Brian's father, said. "Brian and I are heading to South Bend for Notre Dame's elite camp next weekend and we will also visit Michigan State and Purdue to tour their campuses while we're in the area."
Smith said he was excited about the attention he's received. After saying early on that it was the local teams like Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri or Notre Dame where his father played that might have a slight edge, he's backed off of that.
"It's still wide open," Smith, who is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, said. "I'm fortunate to have 10 offers and they are some big-time offers, and I'm extremely excited about them. But I'm not ready to make any decisions quite yet."
Smith's father said the eight schools that should be listed on his son's profile are – Notre Dame, Arizona State, Nebraska, Michigan State, Kansas State, Michigan, Missouri and Texas Tech.