Ex-Abilene High star Smith to miss freshman year at Baylor


ABILENE, Texas - For the second time in less than four years, Abilene High's all-time leading rusher Abram Smith has torn his ACL.

The injury will cause Smith to miss his freshman season at Baylor University.

"Abram tore his ACL [in the] first practice," new Bears head coach Matt Rhule said after Baylor's Spring Game on Saturday. "He'll be out. He tore it, no contact, just running, unfortunately. He'll be out for a while."

Smith signed his letter of intent with Baylor in January so he could enroll at the school early. At his signing ceremony he called Baylor his dream school.

"It is what it is. I'm feeling alright right now," Smith told KTXS via Twitter on Saturday night. "Just regaining my strength back in my leg and looking forward to playing."

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Smith missed the end of his sophomore year at Abilene High because of a torn ACL. Despite the injury and time missed, he was still able to break several AHS records, including most career touchdowns, rushing yards, 100-yard rushing games, touchdowns in a single-game and the longest rush from scrimmage.

"I love Baylor. It's the place I wanted to be," said Smith at his signing event. "So, when they gave me the opportunity there was no way I was going to pass it up."

Smith was not expected to contend for the starting running back job at Baylor, but did provide depth at the position.

Smith had been verbally committed to Tulsa since May 2016, but he de-committed on New Year's Eve once he began talking with Baylor coaches.

24/7 Sports rated Smith as a three-star running back. He is a business management major at Baylor.