Smith had a really nice sophomore year for the Sun Devils in 2014 when he caught 41 passes for 596 yards and 6 touchdowns. During that campaign, he put up 67 yards and a touchdown during Notre Dame’s loss to Arizona State. He was injured for the entire 2015 season, and never fully got back on track in 2016.
After the Hoge transfer, Notre Dame has room to spare, and with a talented yet still relatively young wide receiver group, Smith is a welcomed addition.
Smith was recruited to Arizona State by Chip Long, Notre Dame’s current offensive coordinator. The familiarity there shouldn’t be understated. It will be a much easier transition for the 5’11” 195 pound burner from Texas, as the terminology and philosophy of the offense will be similar.
Smith will also be paired up with his former wide receiver coach at Arizona State, as DelVaughn Alexander is now the current wide receivers coach.
Notre Dame already got a WR transfer this offseason when Freddy Canteen made the move from the Michigan Wolverines. Unlike Canteen, however, Smith will have just this one year of eligibility remaining.
Brian Kelly has always said that he would like to have 11 wide receivers to really make the offense work- but this isn’t exactly hos offense this year, and rumors persist about another wide receiver possibly moving on.
Notre Dame has 11 right now. For now...