Fort Bend Christian Academy senior Lynell Smith, Jr. signed a national letter of intent to continue competing athletically at the college level.
Lynell Smith, Jr. will play football in the outside linebacker position next year for Trinity University, a Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference school in San Antonio, Texas. Lynell received All-District Honorable Mention-Linebacker recognition and maintained a 5.47 GPA his senior year. Because of his hard work on the field and in the classroom, Lynell received several scholarships, including Trinity's Presidential Scholarship award.
"I thank God for the opportunity that he has next year. He's very excited and we are very proud of him," said dad Lynell Smith, Sr. "His dream was to play college football so it's a blessing that he is going to a top academic school, will get a great education and continue playing football. He is a perfect example that hard work pays off! He's a great kid and I'm proud that he's my son." Lynell's mom Tanya adds, "He is a humble kid who has a passion to learn and be successful. I am so proud of him."
Lynell actively serves in the local community and at his church, Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church in Richmond, Texas. "He is a tremendous individual and a wonderful kid," said Pastor Robert Simpson.
Steve Smith, FBCA Defensive Coordinator, commented, "Lynell was a pleasure to coach. He exemplified the acronym ICE---Integrity, Character, and Example. He was the most improved player on the team this year and did an outstanding job all season long. He is well deserving of his chance to play at the collegiate level."
Varsity Football Head Coach David Roberts praised Lynell, "He is great young man, student, Christian, and player. He is what we want from our players and is an example for players in the future."
Lynell will major in Chemical Engineering and minor in Physics.