|62 Brandon Smith|
A highly-regarded former all-state prep standout who will look to take the next step in collegiate career by experiencing significant action on the offensive line as a sophomore ... Completed spring drills listed as the top reserve at the right tackle position behind Dontae Levingston, but could have to battle veteran Tre Robertson for game-day repetitions ... Likely will continue to be involved in blocking assignment roles on various special teams squads, similar to redshirt freshman year ... Has participated in three spring practice periods (reported early in 2013), but hopes arrival of first-year line coach Brad Davis expedites progress to a higher level ... Development in strength and conditioning program has been steady with lifts of 400 (bench press), 580 (back squat) and 335 (power clean) ... Possesses one of the top vertical (27") and broad (8'6.5") jumps among offensive line ... Also ranked among top 25 percent of unit with a 57' shot put toss.
2014: Played in five games, both as a reserve on the offensive line and on special teams, to earn first varsity letter ... Appeared in contests against N.C. Central, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and SMU to open season, but did not experience action the remainder of the year.
2013: Provided solid service on the scout squad as a redshirt during true rookie year ... Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2013 and joined the Pirates for spring drills.
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 L. 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 ... A family community services major.