Quarterback, 6'2", 200
Prattville High School
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(Photos: Montgomery Advertiser / Prattville HS)
HIGH SCHOOL Senior captain for state champion Lions... Three-year starter as dual-threat quarterback for powerful Alabama team... Directed first undefeated season in Prattville history, concluding 15-0 campaign with MVP performance in win over Hoover for 6A state title... Named Alabama's all-classification Mr. Football as senior... Picked as All-America QB by PrepNation, MaxPreps and EA Sports... Two-time All-State selection... Helped Prattville to 39-2 overall record from 2004-06, setting school career marks of 6,011 passing yards and 54 touchdown passes... As Prattville starter, Smith never lost a regular season game... As senior, threw of 2,465 yards, 21 TDs and two INTs, earning 6A Back of the Year honors... Also ran for 670 yards as a senior... All-area in basketball... An honors student and Beta Club member who was nominated for Wendy's High School Heisman.
PERSONAL Larry Darnell Smith, Jr... Son of Larry and Pamela Smith... Born Feb. 22, 1989 in Riverside, Calif... An only child... Plans to major in health & human services, with hopes of a career in sports medicine... Dad is ROTC and aerospace science instructor; mom is computer technician... Joins QB Chris Nickson as the second Alabama Mr. Football recipient to sign with Vanderbilt in last four years... Related to former Alabama CB George Teague.
PRATTVILLE HEAD COACH BILL CLARK
"Larry is just a tremendous student, worker and leader. We think Vanderbilt is getting a very special person as well as great player. Larry makes everybody around him better. He just does everything very well. He's very athletic, but more than that, he's a great quarterback who is athletic.
"He still needs to improve like everybody else, but he is coming from a pretty sophisticated system. He loves the weight room, is used to watching a lot of film. It's pretty similar to a college atmosphere."