Bellevue West senior Shane Smith caught the attention of college coaches over the summer. This season he will surely catch the attention of opponents.
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound wide receiver received three Division II scholarship offers from Sioux Falls, Augustana and Southwest Minnesota State.
Smith caught 39 passes for 473 yards and eight touchdowns as a slot receiver in 2017. This year he'll play opposite junior four-star recruit Zavier Betts on the outside.
"Staying healthy has been my biggest downfall," Smith said. "I think playing outside will help me stay healthy and rack up more yards."
Smith's acumen as a receiver has drawn interest from Division I programs through the upper Midwest. Iowa has offered a preferred walk-on spot while North Dakota and South Dakota State have shown interest, as has Division II Bemidji State.
"I am looking for a school that fits my skill set and coaches that I get along with," Smith said.
Smith has a few goals in for his senior season. He hopes to remain healthy and show schools that his size isn't a factor.
"A lot of the schools that I talk to, their biggest concern is my size," Smith said. "I'm working hard to get bigger and stronger."
Smith has a 3.7 GPA and plans to major in either law or business when he gets to college.
Bellevue West starts the season with Lincoln High on Friday night in what could be an offensive shootout. Smith and his teammates aren't looking past the Links but have big goals for 2018.
"Hopefully we can make a trip to Lincoln at the end of the season," Smith said. "Our younger guys are good and should showcase their talents this season."
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