Talented In-State Junior QB Headed to Combine

Quarterback Zach Smith of Susan Moore High will be a prospect to watch next season as a senior.

Blountsville, Ala.--Quarterback Zach Smith, who is expected to be one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama for the 2007 football signee class, says he is looking forward to a trip to San Antonio in January.

A varsity starter for Susan Moore High School since he was a ninth grader, Smith has put up big numbers with right at 6,000 career passing yards.

Smith and other outstanding juniors from around the country will participate at the U.S. Army and Scout.com Combine held in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-Star Game that will be played at the Alamodome on Jan. 7th.

"I guess it was four or five weeks ago I had breakfast at the Cracker Barrel with Tom Lemming," says Smith, who notes that the recruiting analyst invited him to the event in San Antonio. Last summer, Smith participated in the Elite 11 Camp that was held in Las Vegas.

Smith was named the Most Valuable Player for the North team at the Alabama High School Athletic Association's All-star Game that featured top junior players from around the state. Smith completed 10-19 passes with one interception for 85 yards against a quick and talented South defense.

Smith showed quick feet and plenty of speed as he often had to improvise when trying to pass. He ran the ball 17 times for 85 yards and netted 60. The big play was an impressive 41-yard run to set up his team's only touchdown in a 16-7 loss to the South team. The North had other scoring opportunities. Another TD was called back due to a penalty and the North missed two short field goals.

Zach Smith runs for good yardage at Movie Gallery Stadium at Troy University.

Smith, who was listed at 6-1, 180 for the game at Troy University, says the all-star game week was a good experience. "I loved it. I couldn't have asked for more except for us winning the game. I met a lot of people and I think I will keep those friendships for a long time."

The quarterback is expected to get a significant amount of recruiting attention in 2006.

"I have gotten a bunch of letters from colleges, but haven't gotten anything from Auburn yet," he says. "I love Auburn to death. Hopefully that will pick up starting in February."


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