Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde went a perfect 14-0 and won the state championship in 2004. One of the reasons they won the state was because of the play of UNLV bound Jarrell Harrison. Another reason was the player who led the state in sacks and the subject of the following profile.
Tight end/defensive end Mike Smith (6-6, 225, 4.8) was the other Palo Verde standout to help the Panthers to the state championship.
Smith was selected second-team all-league as both a tight end and defensive end. He led the Silver State in sacks with 17. He also accounted for 71 tackles and nine tackles for loss.
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Offensively Smith caught seven passes for 120 yards and one touchdown.
Last week alone LSU, Cal, Wisconsin, UCLA, Texas A&M and Michigan State cane by the Las Vegas campus. He has offers on the table from hometown UNLV and Nebraska.
Smith's top seven schools at the present time are Nebraska, UCLA, Cal, LSU, Texas A&M, and hometown favorite UNLV.
The scouting report on Smith is he plays hard down after down. He's one of those overachieving sorts who will always put forth the maximum of effort to become the best player he can be. His hard work has made him an excellent technician.
Even though Smith has those long lanky arms he still puts up an impressive 275 bench. He squats 375, cleans 245 and has recorded a 26-inch vertical.
An exceptional all-around athlete, Smith also stands out on the baseball diamond. He was a first-team all-state baseball player.
A lefty, Smith plays first base and hit .480 with four homeruns and 35 RBIs.
The Oregon State Beavers is looking at him for his skills as a baseball player.
Smith is one of the those players who is only going to get better and could end up being one of the area's most highly sought after recruits.