Perfect situation for GA LB/S

The perfect scenario unfolded quickly for Buford (GA) linebacker Zach Smith, who will play for his dream school beginning next fall. With a desire to play for Duke since he was six years old, Smith committed to the Blue Devils as soon as they offered.

"I verbally committed to Duke on Monday night," says the 5-foot-11, 202 pounder currently rated as the number 70 overall player in the state of Georgia according to "My family and I are thrilled about the opportunity there, not only with the academics but sports-wise as well. I am ready to be a part of the family at Duke and I am excited about the opportunity they have given me."

Smith, who starts at linebacker for Buford but some believed would end up at safety, says he is completely open about his eventual position.

"I will play whatever they want me to play. They said they like me at linebacker and I would have to put on 10-15 pounds to play it. I am probably more built like a strong safety but again, I will play whatever they want me to play."

Smith brings a great attitude on the field and off the field to Duke, and will be ahead of the game in the classroom as well, with a 3.7 GPA and college classroom experience.

"Here in Georgia, we have joint-enrollment for senior high students who want experience in college to take two courses at the local college and still take high school courses and the state pays for it. I am taking Macro Economics and English 1101, which are both a good taste of what to expect in college."

The taste is simply a nibble of what is to come, but the best years are ahead for Smith both in the classroom and on the gridiron.

Zach Smith
(Buford HS)
Buford, GA

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