Alex Smith is a standout right tackle for Etowah High School that has reached new heights in 2014. With the six-foot-four, 280-pound lineman anchoring the offensive front, the Eagles won two postseason games for the first time in school history while averaging 38.5 points and 375 rushing yards per game. While size is undoubtedly the biggest attraction for colleges, he has been recruited by the likes of Clemson, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Duke and features above-average strength and great footwork allowing him to stand toe-to-toe with athletic defenders. The junior’s tools are a primary reason for his success on the gridiron, but it may very well be his mental focus that allows him to continue reaching the next level in his game. The lineman thinks of football as a passion rather than just a game, something to strive to improve and become the best he can be. That mentality was developed in Smith when he was in sixth grade by his offensive line coach Chris Pack, who currently coaches him as part of the Etowah varsity staff. Smith has also seen success in the shot put and discus on the track and field squad where he qualified for the Region 5-AAAAAA meet in both events. His athletic prowess is also joined with a personality that expresses kindness and a care for others. The multi-sport athlete volunteers frequently with Must Ministries and takes part in the Summer Lunch Program, an effort to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Whether it is improving the life conditions of others or striving to be the top offensive lineman, Alex Smith carries the physical and mental tools that give him a great opportunity to become successful in the near future.