MINERAL, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Linebacker Brandon Smith has one more accolade he can add to his long list of achievements at Louisa County High School.
On Thursday, Smith was named the 2018 Gatorade State Player of the Year for Virginia. Smith finished his senior season with 135 tackles, including five sacks, plus nine forced fumbles and three pass break-ups.
Smith was honored Thursday night at halftime of Louisa County's varsity boys basketball game against Powhatan. The future Penn State linebacker says the award was the perfect wake-up call.
"I was surprised when I got it," Smith said, "First thing in the morning, waking up to it and just starting off the day with that is just really nice."
Now Smith's name goes down with past winners like Virginia's Andrew Brown and Chris Long.
"It just means a lot to know that the hard work that you've put in and the sacrifices you've made is really starting to pay off and it's getting noticed," Smith said of being mentioned with such names.
A five-star linebacker according to 247Sports.com, Smith will enroll early at Penn State in January after first playing in the 2019 Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando. Smith was named the Jefferson District defensive player of the year last month, as well as one of five high school finalists for the Butkus Award, given to the top linebacker in the country.