Smith has been trained by former Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Tim Brewster. Smith (6-7, 240) played Division II basketball before making the U.S. National Team Rugby roster. Brewster also helped Antonio Gates transition from basketball to football. Like Gates, Smith is expected to be a tight end. Smith worked out for the Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins and Saints in recent months.
Brewster was excited in announcing the signing (the team has still not made an announcement).
"Hayden Smith has signed with the Jets!" Brewster, who used to be the head coach at the University of Minnesota, tweeted on Tuesday. "Really think this guys upside in the NFL is huge!"