Austin Smith

Austin Smith headshotLinebacker
6’3, 225 pounds
Suwanee, Ga (Buford)

Top Offers
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Miami

Status
Shortly after putting the Vols in his top 5, Smith pulled the trigger on Orange Carpet Day in June, joining teammate Quay Picou in pledging to Tennessee on June 21. Though not ranked as an elite prospect by any of the major recruiting services, Smith has an impressive offer list and plenty of suitors, but he signed with the Vols on National Signing Day.

 Ratings

Rivals.com: ★★★
Scout.com: ★★★
247Sports: ★★★
ESPN.com: ★★★

RTI Average: 3-stars

 How he fits

Linebacker is a big need in to the 2014 class for Tennessee and the Vols got one high on their board in Smith. When A.J. Johnson departs following the 2014 season, the Vols will likely have just five scholarship LBs set to return in 2015. Several of those of those have little, if any, experience at this point. They need some quality additions in this class.

Smith appears to be just that. He’s a consensus 3-star prospect, but could there be some groupthink involved in that? He has everything a coach is looking for in an outside linebacker. Just check the film. He is a capable pass rusher off the edge, can cover in space and has a high football IQ. He isn’t massive, but has enough size at around 6’3 and in the 220-230 pound range. Smith could be one of the pleasant surprises for Tennessee in this class.

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