Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith has barely even played tackle at the college football level, but that didn’t stop one SEC analyst from naming him his top tackle in the Southeastern Conference.
Cole Cubelic placed Smith at the top of his tackle rankings entering 2018, despite not knowing for sure where the star sophomore will line up this season. The former No. 1 overall recruit was rated as a tackle coming out of high school, for what that’s worth.
MY top SEC tackles entering 2018:— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) August 15, 2018
1) Tre Smith, UT
2) Jonah Williams, ALA
3) Greg Little, OM
4) Andrew Thomas, UGA
5) Paul Adams, Mizzou
Smith started the bulk of his games at guard as a freshman, providing Tennessee with a legitimate bright spot in the darkest of seasons. With a new staff in place, Smith’s position is still up in the air.
Jeremy Pruitt wouldn’t say where they plan on playing him just yet. Smith missed all of spring with blood clots—an issue he’s since had treated and is nearly recovered from. He’s been present at Tennessee practices, but hasn’t gone full-contact yet. That, according to Pruitt, will come sometime next week.
When Smith does return, it would make sense for him to play at left tackle. That’s typically where your most gifted athletes end up on the offensive line. It’s also where the money is at the NFL level. However, Tennessee might elect to keep him at guard considering their roster numbers at guard and tackle.
....and this is why Trey Smith was the top-ranked player in the country. pic.twitter.com/b1qKZIiwXB— Derek Tyson (@DerekJTyson) September 5, 2017
Wherever the staff puts Smith, Pruitt says they’d like to keep him there to develop chemistry. At tackle or guard, Smith will remain the most talented player on the roster until he leaves Knoxville for the NFL.