|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.