Trenton Smith

'24 Ames (IA) High QB Trenton Smith 

Trenton Smith knows it would be a little different. Not many student-athletes from Ames, home of Iowa State, end up playing football at Iowa. 

It might also take some adjustment time for his father, Tron Smith, who in his Twitter bio states he's a "Cyclone Fanatic Fanatic." He'll have plenty of time if things shake out that way with Trenton being in the 2024 Class.

Tron can ask advice from former Iowa State basketball standout Jake Sullivan, whose son, Justice Sullivan, is a freshman on the Hawkeye football team. Again, we'll see if we get to that bridge. 

"It is definitely rare for a Little Cyclone to be a Hawkeye," Trenton Smith told HN. "The last one I can think of is Joe Evans. I could definitely see that rivalry coming in with family. But Iowa is a great school, and they have a great system for quarterbacks."

The Smiths have time. Right now, Trenton is working for scholarship offers, including one from the Hawkeyes, after one season of high school ball. 

The sophomore-to-be took part in their Iowa's Elite Skills Camp on Sunday. He enjoyed the experience. 

"I liked how they ran the camp. I feel like the spots we were in we could be easily evaluated by all of the coaches there. I learned a lot from this camp," he said.

Following the workout, head coach Kirk Ferentz shared advice with the group. 

"He said to do more then the average person. Be that person that stays after practice when nobody else does. He also said to surround yourself with people who also wanna succeed," Trenton Smith said.

The opportunity to show off his skills for the Iowa staff was appreciated. 

"I thought I preformed pretty well at camp. It was great competing against a prestigious group of quarterbacks with ('23 West Des Moines Dowling Catholic's) Jaxon Smolik, ('23 Ankeny's) JJ Kohl and others," he said. 

"I would have liked to throw the deep ball and show off my arm a little more, but overall I felt good."

NCAA rules restrict what coaches can pitch from a recruiting standpoint at camps when it comes to younger players, but Smith felt welcome at the Hawkeye event. 

"When I was getting my card during check in, I talked to coach (Jay) Niemann.  He recruits the Central Iowa area. But it’s kind of hard because of my grade. So it was mostly small talk," Smith said.

He plans on attending a camp at Iowa State Tuesday and one at Kansas State sometime this summer. He'll be at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana July 15-18.

Smith saw limited time on the varsity as a freshman. 

Here's a look at his highlights from JV and varsity action from his freshman seaosn: