Listed at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, Smolik emerged on the Nittany Lions‘ radar in early July, following an extremely impressive performance at the Elite 11 Finals in Los Angles.
Here’s a breakdown of what Jaxon Smolik brings Penn State Football
Smolik has one of the quicker releases I’ve seen in a high school quarterback. He has the ability to deliver the ball lighting quick at any moment, which is obviously a very important trait for any quarterback to have in their arsenal.
This is Smolik’s best trait as a prospect in my opinion. His release is elite.
ACCURACY & TOUCH
Smolik is an accurate, consistent passer with adequate arm strength.
He puts great touch and height under the ball, allowing him to hit his receivers in stride. This is another great quality to have in a young quarterback. I believe he can make all the necessary throws for Penn State Football offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich’s system.
Smolik put up some VERY impressive athletic testing numbers at Penn State Football’s prospect camp in late July.
He clocked a 4.7-second 40-yard dash to go along with an eye-popping 4.3 second shuttle. He could really takeoff once he gets acclimated to Penn State Football’s strength and conditioning program.
Case Keenum, Buffalo Bills
Smolik has an extremely similar body type to Keenum, and their play-style is also extremely similar as well.
Smolik doesn’t do anything at a superstar level, but he does just about everything really solid. I think Smolik is the most well-rounded quarterback recruit James Franklin has ever brought to Penn State. High-floor prospect.