With his close friend Akeel Lynch picking up an Iowa scholarship offer earlier this week, Connecticut Wide Receiver Tevaun Smith is hoping the Hawkeyes extend him an opportunity as well. It could be a big step towards the Canadians reuniting to play college football after splitting for their high school careers.
"Me and Akeel are real close," Smith said. "We're like family."
Lynch plays at St. Francis in the Buffalo, NY area. Smith is working on a post-graduate year at the Kent (CT) School. They're talking about playing together at the next level.
"We've played football together since we were 10 or 11 years old," Smith said. "We've been training together in the summers. We were going to go to the same school, but he ended up in Buffalo and I ended up here.
"We've always talked about playing together because it would be good for both of our families. They know each other."
Smith admits that teaming up with his friend could prove difficult. The only common scholarship offer they share is Connecticut, to which Smith took an official visit last weekend. They will officially visit Iowa together on Dec. 9.
"(Iowa) has told me that they're excited to have me for the weekend," Smith said. "Hopefully, I can come out with an offer. I'm jut waiting to see."
The Hawkeye coaches have not talked in detail about offering Smith, he said.
'We've discussed it a little," Smith said. "They said when I get down to visit, we'll sit down and talk about it. We'll figure it out what happens from there on the visit."
Smith (6-foot-1, 186 pounds) reports a time of 4.43-seconds in the 40-yard dash. He said that defines him as a pass catcher.
"I'd say I'm more of a speed receiver," Smith said. "I'm more of a play-maker than a possession receiver. I like to get the ball in open space and make something happen."
Smith felt that basketball would be his sport when he was younger. Then, he started to excel on the gridiron.
"I wasn't so good my first year," he said. "As the years went by, I've had a lot of people support me and helping me out. I just started loving football after that. I've been working hard ever since."
Smith said he's hoping to find a college strong in academics and passionate about football.
"I want to see how much the school loves football and how much they put into football," he said. "I'd like to feel comfortable with the players. The main thing for me is to feel like I'm home."
Smith is considering a sports management major but is still looking at other options.