6-foot-6 / 300 pounds
Dallas (TX) / Highland Park
Smith was charted as the top reserve - along with Cody Robinson - at guard last season, but was behind Laken Tomlinson. And so he played a total of 78 snaps on the year.
Stone came into the season listed as a potential co-starter along with Cody Robinson after Tomlinson headed to the NFL Draft as the No. 28 pick. Midway through camp it appeared as though Stone had won the starting job.
We’d expect Stone to be the starter on opening day and, barring injury, he’ll likely play between 85 and 90 percent of the snaps taken by the first team offensive line.
How he ended up in Durham
Stone took a while to add weight after a growth spurt shot him up to his current 6-foot-6 height. Prior to adding weight over the Winter, Stone was listed at just 250 pounds. The lack of size and subsequent strength had a number of colleges looking and watching.
Eventually he turned down offers from Tulsa, Colorado, Colorado State, Arizona State, Rice, SMU, and North Texas.
"When you look at where a kid comes from, it's important to see what kind of coaching he received and what kind of competition he was facing. With Tanner you have a kid who had great coaching at the high school level and he was playing great competition at Dallas (Tex.) Highland every week. When I saw Tanner in action I saw a kid who knew not only how to compete, but also how to finish plays and someone who was never taking a play off." - John Latina
High School Highlights
Two-year letterman at Highland Park under coach Randy Allen ... helped Highland Park to a three-year record of 35-4 with three 4A Region II District 10 championships and three state playoff appearances ... as a senior, helped team to a 12-1 ledger as Highland Park averaged 44.7 points and 452.6 offensive yards per game ... first team 4A all-state pick in 2011 by the Associated Press ... 2011 All-District 10-4A first team selection ... [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]