Standout Junior Earns Early Interest

Chris Smith and his teammates at West Rowan High School ended last year the way every high school football player wants to -- with a state championship. DeaconSports caught up with the 6'3, 225 pound defensive end to discuss last season and his plans for his senior year.

The 2008 West Rowan High School football team made history when they won the North Carolina 3-A State Championship. A big part of that was the play of their defense which was led by Chris Smith.

"Every March we start our off season training," said Smith. "I knew we would be very good. Our team has a great work ethic and we give it our all every game. West Rowan had never got past the third round of the playoffs until this year. I think once we beat Carver (in the third round) this year, we knew we could win it all and we did."

Smith had a huge season tallying 26 sacks and 84 total tackles. Smith also earned First Team All State, First Team All Conference, First Team All County, as well as County and Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Now Smith has attention on recruiting and getting ready for his senior season. "I'm really going to focus on hitting the weights as well as improving my 40 and shuttle times during the offseason. I want to be ready for the camps and combines that are coming up. Also, we have a lot of players coming back this year and I think we can make another title run."

Smith is hearing from a number of Division I schools at this time. "Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, N.C. State, and Virginia are showing the most interest right now. I was told Virginia is very close to offering."

Smith is very familiar with the Wake Forest program and had great things to say about the Demon Deacons. "Wake is a great school," he said. "One of our former players, Tristan Dorty, plays there as well. I camped there last year and loved the coaches and the atmosphere. Wake is also very close to home which is nice."

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