Steve Smith, ’25 QB from Central High, is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week @CoachDantzler @Steve2mith @840WHAS @minguabeefjerky

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’25 Dual Threat QB among the best Kentucky has to offer

Coach Dantzler’s Yellow Jackets are in the hunt for a state title at its level of play pretty much annually. Central High boasts the best RB (Cortez Stone) in the ’25 class throughout Kentucky and may boast the best dual-threat QB too. Lots of talent up and down the roster at Central High. Smith is 6’0,” and weighs 175-pounds. His 3.2 GPA hits the spot as well.

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Today we honor a ’25 dual threat QB many, around the commonwealth, believe to be among the best “dual threat” QBs in his graduating class (’25). This week’s recipient had an incredible ’23 season, one which would see him register over 1,200-yards passing, run for over 400-yards, and lead his team to a 7-6 mark, losing to the champion at its classification (Christian Academy-Louisville, “CAL”) in the Regional Championship game.

The same two teams (Central and CAL) met during the regular season too. CAL won that matchup by a single score (13-7) on October 13, 2023, demonstrating the two teams weren’t as “far apart” as the final score at the Regionals might have indicated. Today we feature Steve Smith from Louisville’s Central High.

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Steve Smith had the keys to one of the more high-octane offenses in all of the 3A classification a year ago, his junior season. Central’s Yellow-Jackets hung a 60-spot on Elizabethtown in ’23, put up 50 on LaRue, and hung 48 on a Casey County team which looked fairly formidable, in ’23, from time to time.

This past season, the junior QB threw for 1,203-yards and rushed for another 402. Smith threw for 14-TDs and rushed for another three (3).

Steve Smith threw for 1,203-yards and rushed for 402-yards while maintaining a 3.2-GPA

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Of course having Kentucky’s premier RB (and first team all-stater) in the backfield didn’t hurt offensive production. Cortez Stone, ’25 RB, rushed for around 1,900-yards and scored 23-rushing TDs over the course of his junior year.

Steve Smith, Central High (Lou.)

We are unsure where Smith lands collegiately. Smith is 6’0,” weighs 175-pounds and sports a 3.2-GPA. A superior athlete certain to gain clearance through the NCAA eligibility clearinghouse is attractive to many programs.

While we don’t know where Smith will ultimately land, and at what level of college football, his landing seems pretty darn certain to us. Frankly, Smith is the type versatile athlete who could factor at many different levels of play and at multiple positions.

He will be there, come the Fall of ’25. On that, we feel quite certain.

This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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