The Oklahoman's Super 30: Midwest City's Makale Smith taking athletic talent, humble attitude to Oklahoma State
MIDWEST CITY — Makale Smith jogged across the Midwest City football practice field, his long hair bouncing on the back of his shoulder pads.
On his hands he wore gloves with various neon colors in vibrant patterns.
Loud accessories for a loud personality, perhaps?
“These aren’t mine,” Smith said with a soft voice and sheepish grin. “I forgot mine and had to borrow these.”
If you’re looking for excitement from Smith to match the vibrancy of his borrowed gloves, you’ll have to generate it yourself. Watching Smith run usually does the trick.
Smith, a super-speedy receiver/defensive back for the Bombers, is rated No. 15 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings for the 2021 recruiting class. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior committed to Oklahoma State, where assistant coach Tim Duffie will work to mold Smith into a playmaking cornerback.
And his personality is a perfect fit for the position.
“He’s just a laid-back kid. He does everything you ask him to do. Nothing bothers him,” Midwest City coach Darrell Hall said. “Things could be going really bad, but you wouldn’t know it by his demeanor. Things could be going really great, but you wouldn’t know it by his demeanor.”
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In the big picture, things are going great for Smith, who quit football after eighth grade, thinking basketball was his ticket to the next level. But for all his talent on the court, he realized the football field might provide a better path.
After two years away from the game, Smith returned to football.
“I came back, because I felt like it could open up more opportunities for me to go to college,” Smith said. “A lot of coaches were telling me I could go D-I easily in football. I didn’t really believe them, but I got out on the field and it happened.”
Last season, Smith became an instant highlight reel, making big plays at receiver, and intercepting seven passes as a defensive back.
And that mostly came off natural talent, considering he has just one varsity football season behind him.
“He’s still raw,” Hall said. “This will be his second season in the last four years. His upside is tremendous, especially when he gets some weight on him, and gets in the weight room seriously.”
Smith stays lean right now, splitting time between football and basketball, but once he reaches college and hones in on training specifically for football, he hopes to bulk up to 180 pounds.
But don’t expect his attitude to change.
“I like to stay humble,” he said. “Staying humble is the key. Some people talk too much and they get over themselves. I just stay humble.”
The Oklahoman’s Super 30
Name: Makale Smith
School: Midwest City
Super 30 ranking: No. 15
Weight: 165 pounds
Position: Defensive back
Committed to: Oklahoma State
About the series
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2021 class. The series continued Sunday with No. 15, Midwest City’s Makale Smith. See No. 14 on the list in Monday’s editions of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players featured:
No. 19: Melvin Swindle, OL/DL, Heritage Hall
No. 18: Logan Nobles, OL, Jenks
No. 17: Chase Jackson, WR, Choctaw
No. 16: Tevin Williams, DB, Stillwater
No. 15: Makale Smith, DB, Midwest City