Cats’ Smith Receiving Major College Interest


Jennifer Seifert

Senior Aaron Smith (#65) leads the Wampus Cats onto the field against North Little Rock. Smith is having a big season and is gaining attention from colleges.

Dallas Desonie, Sports Reporter

Senior Wampus Cat Offensive lineman Aaron Smith has been receiving major interest from college football programs of late. The 6’5 left tackle has picked up 9 division one scholarship offers since June. Smith has taken multiple visits to FBS programs, including two trips to Arkansas State University in the past five weeks. 

The Wampus Cat football program is no stranger to division one teams lining up for the services of one of their Tackles, as Conway has consistently sent tackles to the next level for almost a decade. Colton Jackson, who now serves on the Wampus Cat coaching staff, began this trend as an all state caliber tackle from 2012-2014. Jackson would receive and accept a scholarship offer to the University of Arkansas, where he would make consistent starts at left tackle for the Hogs. More recently, tackles Robert Scott and Jayden Williams have gone from All State selections for the Cats to starting for power 5 programs. 

Smith is the latest in the recent string of great tackles to come through Conway, but what separates Smith from those that came before him is that he is a major recruit for colleges  both on and off the field. Smith has a 33 ACT and a 4.2 GPA, leading to multiple Ivy League colleges offering him scholarships.Smith says that his work ethic is what drives him to be the best he can be both on the field and in the classroom. “Work ethic carries over in everything so it’s important to me that I do my best anywhere I can. Football is fun but academics will stay with me through life and it’s important to be a well rounded person.”

No matter what Smith decides to do after football, it is clear that he will undoubtedly do whatever it takes to become the best he can be.