Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2013 and joined Pirates for spring drills, thus signed a grant-in-aid with the program instead of a letter-of-intent (per NCAA policy).
High School: Selected to the 2012 Associated Press All-State squad, as voted on by 17 statewide media members ... A two-year varsity starter and team captain who earned three-star designation according to Scout.com ... Helped guide Todd Willert's East Forsyth High School program to a 13-1 record as a senior, which included a 6-0 mark in 4-A Piedmont Triad League play ... Eagles did not suffer a loss until the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4AA quarterfinals (a 25-15 setback to eventual state champion Butler) ... Anchored an offensive line from the guard position that helped EFHS amass over 4,000 yards and score 568 points - an average of 40.6 per game ... Tallied 29 pancake blocks during final campaign and allowed only one sack in 138 chances ... In addition to AP all-state status, also selected First Team All-Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference, NCPreps.com 4A All-State, CarolinaPreps.com 4A All-State, Triad Sports Weekly All-Forsyth County and Winston-Salem Journal All-Northwest (region) in 2012 ... Played key role in East Forsyth's 9-3 campaign (5-1 league record) in 2011, earning All-Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference honors as a junior ... Offensive unit averaged 30.9 points per outing and reached 40-point plateau on three occasions on the way to a NCHSAA first-round playoff appearance ... Also named to the Triad Sports Weekly All-Forsyth County First-Team ... Spent freshman season on junior varsity squad before a late-season sophomore year promotion to varsity.
Personal: Full name Brandon Smith ... Born September 12, 1994 at Morganton, N.C. ... Due to his height and the absence of Forsyth County middle school programs, Smith didn't play organized football until the ninth grade.