EDMOND — After Edmond Santa Fe's boys track team won the Class 6A state title in 2011, then-sophomore long jumper Trevan Smith had a phone call to make.
Trevan had finally accomplished something his wildly successful big brother hadn't, and Reggie Smith needed to know about it.
“He never won state, and I did last year,” said Trevan Smith, now entering his senior year at Edmond Santa Fe and No. 30 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list, ranking the state's top college football prospects for the class of 2013.
Eight years removed from his high school football career, Reggie Smith remains a face of the Santa Fe program.
The Wolves were Class 6A runner-up his junior year, he was a two-time Oklahoman All-State Player of the Year and went on to a successful college career at OU.
He's now preparing for his fifth NFL season, and remembers that phone call from his little brother well.
“Track is all good and dandy, but when it comes down to it, I played in the state championship football game,” Reggie Smith said with a laugh. “But I remember he was pretty excited so I was happy for him.”
Reggie Smith's name is invoked often by those around the Santa Fe program, but coach Lance Manning said it's never in comparison to Trevan.
“We allude to Reggie quite a bit as coaches and players because he's our poster child for Santa Fe football,” Manning said. “But Trevan is Trevan. We don't compare them at all and we don't talk to Trevan about that.”
As a junior, Trevan Smith accounted for over 750 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns, and intercepted four passes on defense.
He hurt his hamstring during the 2012 state track meet, though, and missed most of spring football. But that didn't stop South Dakota from offering him a football scholarship, and Manning expects more offers to flow in once he gets to some camps this summer.
The two brothers were never extremely close when Reggie was in high school because of the wide age gap. Trevan doesn't remember paying all that much attention to Reggie's high school games, but does recall getting excited when he'd hear his big brother's name called by the PA announcer after a big play.
Now as they've both gotten older, they've become more competitive.
When asked who was faster, they both quickly answered at the same time, “Me.”
“He'll probably be ahead for the first 20 yards, but after that he'll die out,” Reggie Smith said while grinning.
Trevan just shook his head and smiled.
As Trevan recovers from his injury, he's spent the summer working out with and getting advice from Reggie, who is home for the summer before heading back to the Carolina Panthers' camp.
“He's told me about some of the coaches that have contacted him, and I tell him he needs to contact them back and see what they're about,” Reggie Smith said. “That's the main thing I'm doing right now, that and getting him healthy and prepared for camps.”
Reggie is also taking responsibility for making sure his little brother stays focused.
“He's been trying to hang out with his buddies a little bit; I can understand that to a certain point but it's that last year,” Reggie Smith said. “School work, football, track — whatever you want to do, this is the last year.”
At this point in the process eight years ago, Reggie Smith had many more offers and was more well-known. Trevan's relatively small size (5-foot-9, 180 pounds) is a knock against him, but Manning said he “plays a lot bigger than he is.”
“He's a Division I talent without a doubt,” Manning said. “He's got that type of speed and explosiveness.”
Those measurables are what could help Trevan make up for his smaller stature. He plans to hit his first camp Wednesday at Kansas.
“Everybody likes him, from OU to Arkansas State,” Manning said. “When he gets out here now that his hamstring is better, and gets to go to some of these camps, he's going to pick up a lot more offers. You can tell by talking to these college coaches.
“I think Trevan's done a really good job of establishing his own mark on Oklahoma high school football.”
The Oklahoman's Super 30
Every day for the next month, The Oklahoman's high school sports staff will bring you a feature story on one of the state's top football prospects, counting down from No. 30 to No. 1 on our Super 30 recruit rankings. It begins with Saturday's featured player, No. 30 Trevan Smith of Edmond Santa Fe and will end on July 22 with the state's No. 1 college prospect. Check back every day to see who's next on the list.
No. 30: Trevan Smith
School: Edmond Santa Fe
Recruited by: Offer from South Dakota, but being looked at by several other Division I programs