Fox 40 Prospect Challenge (Central): Defensive Tiger ready for a future in the sport he loves the most

Ryan Smith has been playing football since Grade 5 and immediately fell in love with the game.

Although he was only 4’11” and going up against Grade 8’s, he was still so passionate about it from the get go.

Ryan got his start with Scott’s Haulage Diamond Electric and the Kiwanis Tigers.

His talent broke through during his Grade 7 and 8 years, and now, being one of the bigger kids, he dominated the league at his position and wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks with the help of his fellow athletes.

Currently, Ryan plays in the Bay of Quinte Athletic Association (BQAA) with the Trenton Tigers.

The Tiger will also be participating in this year’s Fox 40 Prospect Challenge, where his goals are to get his name out there, showcase his athletic and leadership abilities, take in all of the coaches’ comments and apply them to game and life situations, and ideally to open up a future in the thing he enjoys the most.

During the offseason, to improve his abilities he trains both physically and mentally.

“I do various exercises from agility drills, to strength training, to resistance training and more,” said Ryan.

Moreover, on the field, his role model is James Harrison because of the fearlessness he exudes, the amount of effort he gives while playing, his work ethic on the field and in the weight room, the tenacity he plays with and his never give up spirit.

“His leadership abilities are ones that I envy, but mostly his ability to do all he can do at the ripe age of 38,” added the Tiger.

Ryan loves to play football for multiple reasons, but the biggest factors are the intensity, the passion, the adrenaline rush you get while playing, the camaraderie, the lifelong friendships you build and the teamwork required to be successful.

Ryan Smith
Positions: defensive tackle, defensive end and nose tackle
Height/Weight: 6’0”, 225lbs
Team: Trenton Tigers (BQAA)
Class: 2020

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