"The schools that are recruiting me really hard right now are Alabama, Vanderbilt, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Georgia Tech Auburn and Ole Miss," said Zach Smith from Altoona, (Ala). "My favorites right now are Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Florida, Florida State and Georgia Tech."
"My overall favorite is Alabama. I have always grown up as an Alabama fan. They have done their part in recruiting me so far."
Smith talks about his other favorites as well.
Auburn: "I have nothing against Auburn at all, even though I am an Alabama fan. I respect their team, and I would love to go there."
Vanderbilt: "They had a good year last year. I have already built a relationship with a few of their coaches. I talk to coach Caldwell almost every other day. I feel like they may be close to offering me."
Florida: "I like them a lot. Our school runs the Texas Tech offense, but we run a few plays that Florida runs as well. I love their offense, and I love their coaches. I know they have [Tim] Tebow, but by the time I would get there he would be the only quarterback on scholarship. The coaches have told me they want to sign two quarterbacks, and they were going to heavily recruit me."
Florida State: "I like all of their coaches. I was invited to all their games last year, but I was unable to attend any of them."
Georgia Tech: "I like them a lot because their coaches send me a lot of hand written letters."
Smith plans to attend Junior Day at several schools during the spring as he stated, "I am going to Alabama (3-4), Auburn (3-11), Vanderbilt, Florida, Florida State and LSU."
Smith enters his senior year as an experienced signal-caller starting since his freshman season. His junior year was impressive passing for 2,450 yards with 18 touchdowns and adding 950 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns. He is near 6,000 yards passing for his career.
His performance has earned several accolades including Blount County Offensive MVP two consecutive years, First Team All-State and First Team All-County.
As the starting quarterback for the North squad in the Junior All-Star game, Smith completed 10 of 19 for 85 yards with one interception and ran 17 times for 85 yards.
"I feel like my biggest strength is my feet," he said. "I am very fast (4.49 40-yard dash). I move around in the pocket well. I can run, and I have a strong arm. I think my feet separate me from other quarterbacks. I can make all the same throws that 6-4, 235-pound quarterbacks make, but I can move a lot better."
"I have been a starter since my ninth grade season. I try to improve as a quarterback each season. My coach doesn't worry at all when I take off running with the ball, but I need to make sure I check down all my receivers."
Smith knows what he is seeking in his college decision, and he knows what it takes to get him to the next level.
"I am definitely going to base my decision on where I am wanted the most," he said. "I am going to keep working hard, and hopefully make an impact somewhere. I want to have a strong relationship with the coaching staff. I want to go somewhere with a good atmosphere and tradition."
Smith is anxious to receive the results of the recent ACT. He maintains a 3.8 GPA, and he is in the top 10% of his class of 110 students.