We’re into the dog days of summer, but also into the 30’s on the countdown. While football this fall may be up in the air, the countdown is never in doubt. ONWARDS!
#39, A.J. SMITH, RS JUNIOR, SAFETY
High School: Edison HS (Fresno, CA)
How’d he get to the Blue™?
A highschool football champion and scholar-athlete, AJ Smith originally went to Lewis & Clark College. After playing there as a wide receiver for one season, he received a preferred walk-on offer from Boise State and transferred, sitting out the 2018 season.
“Buzz”, mostly for the consistently short haircut he sports.
As noted by Michael last year, A.J. bears a strong resemblance to Tyrone Crawford, former Bronco and current Dallas Cowboy.
While not much is available on his highschool and LCSC days, A.J.made his debut in 2019 for the Broncos against Portland State, securing a solo tackle.
Former Edison Tigers defensive back AJ Smith will be a preferred walk-on with the Boise State Broncos.— PAG METER (@PAGMETER) August 1, 2018
AJ played with Tyler Horton with the Valley Championship 2014 team at Edison and now back playing with Tyler.
AJ is an outstanding Student Athlete and a tremendous DB. pic.twitter.com/EIcalM0I2S
Safety is an oddly deep position for the Broncos. JL Skinner and Jordan Happle likely lead the depth chart, but injury-plagued Evan Tyler made a name for himself last season. Short of some drastic attrition, AJ will likely be playing for special teams and garbage time.
That said, preferred walk-ons aren’t an everyday occurrence, and AJ has stuck around. It’s entirely possible the coaches have a role envisioned for him that doesn’t involve filling out a depth chart, but that remains to be seen.
Is he on Twitter?
That looks to be a negatory, peeps. If you’ve bumped into him on there, let us know!
Completely made up fact
AJ has a world-famous collection of tie clips, a hobby passed down from his grandfather.