By Tom A. Ruiz
Special to RDR Sports
Goddard senior Jacob Smith was very diligent on his choice of where he wanted to play college football in the fall.
So, his decision to play at Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee, Oklahoma, a private Christian university, was not that difficult to make.
“I went to a football camp in Taos and the head coach of OBU (Chris Jensen) was at the camp. I liked their coaching staff, so I applied for a scholarship and they offered one,” Smith said. “Their values are a lot like mine.”
“I am Christian and that is important to me,” he added.
Smith will take a lot of memories with him as a Rocket football player. He started at center this past season.
“I remember when we were at Santa Teresa, it was pouring rain non-stop during the game. Everyone was soaked and flying around, it was so much fun,” Smith laughed.
The bonds that he made with his fellow teammates will be the ones he will cherish the most. “They are all my brothers and we had each other’s back,” Smith recalls. His two main boys, Hunter Beene and Anthony Aragon, came up playing together, beginning with their Roswell Youth Football League playing days.
“Over time, our friendships have grown closer. I don’t see them as friends anymore, they are more like my brothers,” Smith said. And now as they go their separate ways, Smith is confident they will continue to remain close. “Playing sports builds those bonds, those lifetime relationships,” he said.
As he flips the page over to the next chapter in his life, Smith will take with him what his varsity coaches instilled in him while at Goddard. “They taught us how to be men and how to lead. It doesn’t matter what we do after we leave Goddard, we will be successful,” he said.
Smith will study to become a physical therapist. He is expected to compete for a starting position on the offensive line.