This lineman thrives in the weight room

Tide Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Pollard is known for working athletes hard. But if Alabama signs Aliceville's Henry Smith, Pollard might meet someone with a drive equal to his.

Pumping iron and sweating out the reps are the order of the day for athletes under Pollard's tutelage. But for the 6-3, 290-pound lineman, the demanding regimen would be nothing new. "I spend about three hours a day working out," Smith told "And I do it Monday through Thursday."

Smith, who says he'd prefer to play defensive tackle in college, has obviously benefited from those hours spent in the weight room. "My max bench press is 405, and my squat is 500," he says.

Because his physical size and skills make him suitable for defensive tackle, Smith has been on Alabama's recruiting lists from the beginning.

The big lineman claims a clocking of 4.95 in the 40-yard dash.

Smith played both offense and defense for Aliceville, but his excellent quickness, size, and strength should provide him the tools to be a highly productive defensive tackle on the college level.

Although Smith has received attention from such schools as LSU, Miss. St. and Auburn, he has yet to visit any schools, and only has one visit scheduled. Smith will take his official visit to Alabama on Jan. 18. "I love the way Alabama attacks the ball," Smith told "They play very good defense."

That doesn't mean the Tide is a lock when it comes to securing Smith's services. Asked if he had eliminated any schools from consideration, he said, "No, not really. I like to talk to coaches, to see what their program has to offer."

Smith told that he isn't sure when he'll commit.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Because Smith's qualification status is unclear, he hasn't received the amount of attention that his physical ability would ordinarily dictate. He is thought likely to sign with Alabama, but begin his career in junior college.

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