Texas Man Pretends to Be High School Freshman in Order to Try and Play Football

Any high school coach in football-obsessed Texas would love to have a 6-foot-5, 245-pound Adonis show up unannounced on the first day of practice. Even if this hulk who claimed to be a freshman or sophomore was dodgy when questioned about his past or had a questionable-looking birth certificate, there’s no way anyone is turning him down.

This is the story of Taylor Smith.

From 2007 to this fall, he’s come to at least 14 area high schools, saying he is a freshman or sophomore who wants to join the football team … Markeith came to Dallas’ Hillcrest High in spring 2008. He occasionally watched practices and lifted weights, saying week after week he was about to enroll. He may have participated in summer workouts with the 7-on-7 team. The 2008 edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine lists Markeith Smith as a top sophomore, a safety who can run a 4.7 40-yard dash …

Police still have not been able to apprehend Smith. Reporters closed in on him before running into this roadblock:

The woman warns not to approach him or that area without someone else. A child was killed at Brookhollow in April. The neighborhood is known as a drug hotbed. Hanging out there as an outsider, says a DeSoto police officer, is how you get yourself shot.

When Friday Night Lights returns – can it come back? Please? – this needs to be an episode. Coach Taylor would either set Smith on the right path or turn him in to police. [Dallas News]

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