Heights running back Dreamius Smith signed with Kansas, but he won't be a Jayhawk after failing to pass the ACT, Heights coach Rick Wheeler said today.
"His grades were fine," Wheeler said. "In fact, his grades were above the minimum on the sliding scale. He tried and tried and tried. He took the test so many times and he couldn't get it (passed). He took it every time it was available for the last 18 months."
Smith has been on the KU campus this summer taking classes. Wheeler said Smith will make a decision quickly on which junior college he will attend; players report in early August. He will play in the Shrine Bowl on July 30 in Hays.
Smith did not return a message seeking comment.
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"It's the real world, that's what it is," Wheeler said. "We all face setbacks and challenges and this is just going to be his road, his path. He certainly has the skills and the talent it takes to be successful at whatever level he plays. He's just got to stay focused and keep working."
Smith, who led Heights to an undefeated record and the 2010 Class 6A title, was named to The Eagle's Top 11 team after he had 1,837 rushing yards on 143 carries and had 34 touchdowns.
Smith (5-foot-11, 215 pounds) was a difficult back to tackle because of his strength, but it was also his speed that helped him become one of the state's best players his senior season. Smith was the anchor on Heights' 2010 Class 6A 400-meter relay team.
He had 286 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the 6A title game, Heights' first football championship. He also was a key player in Heights winning three straight 6A basketball titles.