Malik Zaire compares Jaylon Smith to LeBron James

It isn’t out of the ordinary for players to praise the teammates they spend so much time with in the locker room, but when you hear a comparison like that was made by Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Malik Zaire you can’t help but to pay attention.

According to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, Zaire was recently praising teammate Jaylon Smith when he compared the junior linebacker to NBA superstar LeBron James.

#ND QB Malik Zaire on the Freakishness of LB Jaylon Smith: "It's like playing with LeBron James."

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 18, 2015

Praise doesn’t get any higher than that.

When you look at a list of Smith’s recent accomplishments, you immediately see that he is one of the top players at his position. Just take a quick glance at his resume.

  • Associated Press Second Team All-American (2014)
  • Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year (2014)
  • Bednarik Award Semifinalist (2014)
  • Bednarik Award Watch List (2014)
  • Butkus Award Finalist (2014)
  • Butkus Award Semifinalist (2014)
  • Butkus Award Watch List (2014)
  • Nagurski Trophy Watch List (2014)
  • Lombardi Award Watch List (2014)
  • Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List (2014)
  • Sports Illustrated Midseason Second Team All-American (2014)
  • Sports Illustrated Preseason Second Team All-American (2014)
  • CBSSports.com Preseason Second Team All-American (2014)
  • Athlon Sports Preseason Third Team All-American (2014)
  • Phil Steele Preseason Third Team All-American (2014)

How is that for a resume?

We will see whether Smith is able to live up to Zaire’s hype in 2015 as the Fighting Irish compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

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