Smith was an All-district performer in both football and basketball and one of the top football players coming out of SE Texas in 2002. He earned four letters in both football and basketball and a high jumper in track and field and was third place in state high jump meet.
As a senior in 2007, Smith recorded 10.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for a loss en route to his second consecutive little All-America nomination. In 2006, he was named SLC Defensive Player of the Year and was finalist for national Buck Buchanan award. He was also All-Louisiana and named to several First-team small college All-America squads. He had 13.5 sacks and 84 tackles, led SLC in tackles for a loss with 23 and recovered four fumbles and forced three. In 2005, he led the team with 11 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hurries, and seven sacks. Smith had 43 total tackles in the season.