Getting to know new BYU Football commit, Brighton kicker Justen Smith (Class of 2018)

Justen Smith joined the flurry of BYU football commits yesterday, announcing his commitment via Twitter (Class of 2018).

Smith preps at Brighton High School, where as a senior he had a 90% touchback rate on kickoffs, placed 13 of his 28 punts inside the 20 (39.67 ypp), didn’t miss a PAT and had a long field goal of 48 yards.  He also plays on the basketball team.

Smith has not been rated by Scout, Rivals, or ESPN.

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah High School: Brighton
Class: 2018 HT/WT: 6’1”, 160 lbs.
Position: Kicker, Punter 40 time:
Profiles: MaxPreps, HUDL Bench/Squat:
Twitter: @justensmith9 Vertical:
Offer date: June 15, 2017 Commit date: June 15, 2017
Rivals: (2 / 5)
Scout: (2 / 5)
ESPN: (2 / 5)
Average: (2 / 5)

I caught up with Justen to ask him about his recruitment:

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?
Smith: I chose BYU because it has always been a dream of mine to play in Lavell Edwards Stadium. I love the team, the staff, the program, the fans…just everything about BYU is right. I also love the family atmosphere. Every coach and player I have met with and talked to has always made me feel welcome and part of the program. This truly is a brotherhood, and I just love that about BYU.

BYU Insider: What current or former BYU player do you admire and why?
Smith:  It would be easy to say my dad, but I have always just loved Steve Young. He came in to BYU as almost a nobody but made the most of it and ended up in the Hall of Fame.

BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?
Smith:  I love Krispy Kreme glazed donuts, and I could eat Cafe Rio anytime.

BYU Insider: What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
Smith:  Making the All-Region team and having the opportunity to play at BYU

BYU Insider: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Smith:  to do what is right, not what is easy.

BYU Insider: What are your personal goals for this season (2017)?
Smith:  100% on PAT’s and Field Goals, average a 90% touchback rate for kickoffs, and earn a spot in an All-American game after the camp in July.

BYU Insider: Anything else you’d like Cougarfans to know about you?

Smith:  I am excited to get the opportunity to play at my dream school, Go Cougs!

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