BY LARRY VAUGHT
Boyle County eighth-grader Jackson Smith is ranked as the No. 1 combo kicker in the 2022 recruiting class.
“If he hits the ball well, he can punt it 50 yards easily,” his father, former UK punter Andy Smith, said. “He probably averaged 40 yards per punt this season. His kickoffs are really good. He had a lot of touchbacks.”
Andy Smith’s longest field goal in high school was 39 yards. He only attempted one longer than that. His freshman year at Western Kentucky he did not try a field goal and after he transferred to UK he was only a punter.
His son recently kicked a 51-yard field goal in the state middle school championship game where Boyle lost to Corbin.
“He has me beat (on field goal distance) but he has a long way to go to beat me in punting,” Andy Smith said. “But for us, the 51-yard field goal was not that big a deal other than a lot of people just happened to see it. He has hit from 56 yards in pregame with ease. So it was not that big a surprise he made it from 51.”
Jackson Smith also plays linebacker and receiver. He will play for former UK linebacker Chuck Smith, who was on both Rich Brooks and Joker Phillips coaching staffs at UK, at Boyle.