PRIOR TO AUBURN:
Originally signed with the Tigers as a high school senior out of Tyner High in Chattanooga ... Ranked No. 5 on the Rivals.com Junior College Top 100 list as a five-star prospect and the nation's top defensive tackle ... Helped Northeast Mississippi rank fourth in the nation in 2005 in total defense (186.9) and rushing defense (59.0) and 11th in pass defense (127.9) ... Made the All-State Juco team as a freshman after recording 37 tackles for loss ... Was the Tennessee Division II Lineman of the Year after making 164 tackles with 37 tackles for loss, 11 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior for Tyner High School, which went 12-2 and advanced to the state playoffs ... Was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball in high school ... Listed as a player to watch on the 2005 JC Grid-Wire Pre-Season All-American team ... Team played in the 2005 Pilgrim's Pride Bowl Classic and finished 7-2.
Born Sept. 18, 1985 ... Son of Greg Smith and Dewanda Taylor.