BONHAM — While waiting for his signing ceremony to start on Wednesday, Bonham senior Dra Smith noticed that all of the eyes of the people in the room were on him.

BONHAM — While waiting for his signing ceremony to start on Wednesday, Bonham senior Dra Smith noticed that all of the eyes of the people in the room were on him.


He jokingly asked for them to stop.


Though his play on fields and courts has warranted it over the years, he doesn’t seek to be the center of attention


However, Smith will now have a few more years to draw it, agreeing to play free safety at Harding University.


"I’ve dreamed of this since I was little," said Smith after his signing in the Bonham High School library, with a crowd of family, friends, coaches and teammates in attendance.


Smith expects to see action this fall for Harding, having been told he will receive "a significant amount of playing time."


Starting at free safety and quarterback, he led Bonham to its first football playoff win this past fall in eight years, and first consecutive postseason trips since 2004-05. The Purple Warriors topped Dallas Madison, 31-15, in the Class 3A Division II Region II bi-district round before losing to Gainesville, 36-28. It marked only the third two-round advance for the Purple Warriors in the last 25 years.


"He has come so far," said Cody Bounds, second-year Bonham athletic director and head football coach. "He’s so polite. Sometimes, he is not selfish enough.


"As he has matured, he’s seen it is not bad to take control," said Bounds. "That last game, he put the team on his back and had 30-plus carries. He was our workhorse."


Smith earned the District 12-3A Offensive Player of the Year honor in 2013 and a first-team All-Texomaland selection again as a defensive back after Bonham qualified for the postseason as the No. 2 seed to the Division II playoffs.


He claimed the district’s Most Valuable Player award as a junior when the Purple Warriors ended a seven-year postseason drought, again qualifying as the Division II No. 2 seed.


Additionally, Smith averaged 21 points during the regular season as Bonham made its fourth-straight postseason basketball appearance on Tuesday.


He garnered the Herald Democrat’s All-Texomaland boys basketball player of the year award in 2013, following being the 12-3A offensive player of the year and a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-region honoree.


Smith won the 10-3A MVP honor as a sophomore, as he led Bonham to its first district title in basketball since 1998 — after overcoming a knee injury as a freshman.


He considers the multiple playoff trips as highlights of his high school career.


"Before I came here, Bonham had not been in the playoffs that much (lately)," said Smith. "My class and the people before me had success. I’m glad we started and continued this."


Last spring, he also helped the Warriors to a third-straight postseason in baseball, besides being a regional qualifier in the long jump.


"It’s easy to talk about him as an athlete, but it’s not about just that," said Bounds. "Dra is a good person, is intelligent and is polite. This is a huge win for Harding, as well as for Dra."