Jaxon Smolik

  • Pos QB
  • Height 6-2
  • Weight 200

Prospect Info

  • High School Dowling Catholic
  • City West Des Moines, IA
  • Exp 2023 - ...

Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Jersey #14
  • Class SO

As a Prospect


  • Class 2023
  • Committed 8/12/2022
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H.S. Scouting Report

Evaluated 08/11/2022

Allen Trieu National Recruiting Analyst


Power 4 Starter

Reminds Us Of

Case Keenum Buffalo Bills

Somewhat limited high school film going into his senior year as he rotated as a sophomore and had to work back from an injury as a junior but has flashed high level efficiency and ability. Completed over 65% of his passes with a 9 touchdown to 2 interception ratio as a junior. Has supplemented that by throwing well in camp settings. Accurate and places the ball where receivers can make plays after the catch without needing to break stride. Can throw into windows when he needs to. Leads them into space and can throw his receivers open. Is not a true running threat that we have seen but can navigate the pocket and throw on the move. In terms of physical tools, size is right around the average for the position, arm strength is good, not elite, and mobility is solid, but also not elite. Very solid all-around prospect though with a feel for the position and has played against good competition. Should develop into a reliable, dependable starter at the Power Five level. Compares to Keenum who is also not ever the biggest or fastest quarterback in the room but is accurate, smart and realiable.

H.S. Athletic Background

Grew up playing baseball.

2021: Broke collarbone Week 1 and returned to action less than two months later. In five games at West Des Moines Dowling Catholic ended up completing 65.5 percent of his passes for 959 yards with nine touchdowns to go against two interceptions. Helped carry Maroons to second round of Iowa’s 5A playoffs.

2020: As a sophomore, rotated with then-senior Jake Steingrebar. Completed 57 of 96 pass attempts for 794 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions to his credit. Got valuable reps in West Des Moines Dowling Catholic’s playoff run including in the semifinals against Ankeny when he threw for 104 and two touchdowns.

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