|High School:||North Clayton|
One year on the sidelines as a redshirt has helped Matt prepare for his Golden Eagle debut in 2011...listed to play at the Anchor spot in the defensive line...missed final half of his senior season with an injury, so he is anxious to get back onto the field after a year-and-a-half hiatus...good sense of the game...has worked to increase his size and strength...sure-handed tackler who has a nose for the football...made a quick impression upon his arrival, placing on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in his first semester at Tech.
AT TECH (In 2010): Matt was on the roster and worked on the scout team during his first year while taking a redshirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner on the football field at North Clayton (Ga.) High School for coach Rodney Hackney...was putting up big numbers for the Eagles through the first five games of his senior season before a knee injury cut his prep career short...helped the team go 4-1 through the early part of the schedule before finishing 10-3 and going three rounds into the state 4-AAAA playoffs...he accounted for 46 total tackles and five tackles-for-loss in his five contests.
PERSONAL: The son of Paul and Amelia Smith...birthdate is November 24, 1991...full name is Matthew Ellis Smith...enrolled in general curriculum.