VandyMania: What are some of your strengths on the field?
Isaiah Smith: My speed and quickness and my size, I guess. I have a pretty good ability to get off the block. I can chase plays down really good, like if a play is going outside, I can pretty much run it down from behind as long is the running back isn't too fast, like a 4.2 or anything like that.
VandyMania: You are a linebacker?
Isaiah Smith: Yes sir, I play defensive end too. I play them both in our defense.
VandyMania: What are you looking for in a school?
Isaiah Smith: First, I'm looking for academics, great academics. Then, like a good football program. Like good recruiting, training and strength and conditioning.
VandyMania: What schools are recruiting you right now?
Isaiah Smith: Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State. I think there's some more like Illinois, and some Ivy League schools like Harvard and Princeton. I have pretty good grades. I already passed the ACT as a sophomore but plan to take it again to increase my score.
VandyMania: Which schools have you visited or are planning on visiting?
Isaiah Smith: I visited Vanderbilt. I went to Alabama during football season this year. I just got back from Auburn Saturday.
VandyMania: Really, how did that go?
Isaiah Smith: It went nice. I watched the A-Day game.
VandyMania: Did you get to talk to the coaches?
Isaiah Smith: Yes sir, I talked to coach Nall a little bit. There was a lot of people there so we didn't really get to spend much one-on-one time.
VandyMania: Do you have any more visits planned?
Isaiah Smith: My spring break is coming up soon, starts on Friday, and I'm planning to go spring games at Vanderbilt and Tennessee. Next month, I think like April 20th, I'll go to Louisville's spring game.
VandyMania: Has anybody offered you yet?
Isaiah Smith: No.
VandyMania: Which schools right now are most exciting to you?
Isaiah Smith: Vanderbilt, Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee. Those are my top four. Vandy and Alabama are tied for first. I really like their campuses and their academics.
VandyMania: What were some of your statistics as a junior?
Isaiah Smith: I played tight end some and had like 20 receptions for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. On defense I had 60 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.
VandyMania: Sounds outstanding. So have you been working out, getting ready for your senior season?
Isaiah Smith: Yes sir, I'm working hard. I'm in track right now and I'm a sprinter. We have a meet this weekend, Saturday.
VandyMania: What events do you run in track?
Isaiah Smith: The 100 meters, the 200 meters, the 4 by 1, and the 4 by 2. I shot put a little bit. I'm pretty good at that.
VandyMania: Sounds like you are a great athlete. Do you do any other sports?
Isaiah Smith: I used to play basketball but I took a year off to focus on football. I'll probably play again my senior year.
VandyMania: What's your 40 speed?
Isaiah Smith: I was just timed like 3 weeks ago. I ran a 4.44. I run a consistent 4.5.
VandyMania: What's your height-weight?
Isaiah Smith: I'm about six foot, or six one, between those two; and 220 pounds.
Isaiah Smith will attend the Scout.com combine in Louisville on May 20.