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TJ Smith
Defensive Lineman | Badin, NC

 

HIGH SCHOOL
Named a three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN, Scout and 247Sports … Pegged the No. 69 strong-side defensive end, No. 148 prospect in Georgia by 247Composite, a combined index of national recruiting rankings… Listed as the No. 134 and No. 142 defensive end by Scout and ESPN, respectively… Earned first team all-region honors in 2014… Transferred from North Stanly HS in New London, North Carolina to Colquitt County HS before senior campaign… As a senior, he helped Colquitt County to a Class 6A state title after an undefeated 15-0 season… Posted 46 total tackles, 17 quarterback hurries, 15 tackles for loss and four sacks as a senior… Earned all-state, all-conference and all-county honors as a junior at North Stanly HS… Tallied 45 tackles, six sacks and three fumble recoveries in 2013… Coached at Colquitt County HS by Rush Propst… Also competed in basketball, cross country and track and field… Finished top 10 in the shot put at the state track meet in 2013… Member of the National Honor Society… Chose the Razorbacks over Missouri, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Wake Forest and others.

 

PERSONAL
Born April 19, 1997, he is the son of Frederick and Avis Smith… Can play the alto saxophone… Has performed in over 10 theatrical productions and has been a member of drama club for seven years… Enjoys fishing, food tasting, hiking and riding ATVs in his spare time… Would like to work in business administration and accounting after his playing career… Volunteers at his local soup kitchen and mentors youth… Can sing country music… Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Junior Civitan… Cousin, Trelonnie Owens, was an all-ACC basketball player at Wake Forest in the 1990s.