DE - FR - 6-2 - 230 - Mount Ulla, N.C. (West Rowan HS)
Smith is considered one of the best defensive recruits in the state of North Carolina, helping West Rowan High School to back-to-back North Carolina state titles and a 30-game winning streak. As a senior, he earned Associate Press All-State honors for the second-straight year. Heading into the playoffs this season, he had collected 98 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 36 QB hurries, 11 pass breakups, four tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, one recovered fumble. In 2009, he helped his team to a 16-0 record and a Class 3A state championship earning MVP honors in the title game. He followed that up by being named the defensive MVP for the North Carolina team in the North Carolina-South Carolina all-star game and was invited to participate in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. In the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl he had seven tackles and one sack. As a junior in 2008, Smith tallied 117 tackles, 25 sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass break-ups, and 44 QB hurries. In addition to repeating as All-Conference and All-County selections, he was named to the Associated Press All-State Team. With Smith's help on defense, West Rowan went 15-1 and defeated West Craven in the NCHSAA 3A State Championship. Over the last two seasons, Smith has amassed over 200 tackles and 48 sacks. Smith was ranked as the No. 13 prospect in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com. He was coached in high school by Scott Young. He was also recruited by Arizona, Clemson, East Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Penn State, Wisconsin and South Carolina.