Student Athlete of the Week: Brandon Smith

MINERAL, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- No matter where the ball goes odds are Louisa County's Brandon Smith is there.

"Playing next to him, always can count on him, any play," Louisa County senior linebacker Reggie Cosby said, "He's just always there."

The highly-recruited senior linebacker carries that same determination off the field as well.

"Brandon Smith works hard in everything he does," Louisa County football Coach Will Patrick said of his four-star linebacker, "Football, in class, he mentors kids on the side, he's a great big brother, he's a good teammate."

"Take pride in it as far as my grades, academics," Smith said, "Just you having that academic base to fall back on really means a lot and will let you know that you're going to be all right."

Unlike many of his classmates, Smith is only a couple months away from taking his first steps on a college campus as he graduates in December to enroll next semester at Penn State.

"Not afraid of it at all," Smith said of the enrolling early, "I'm actually really excited and ready to be challenged and challenge others and also be able to take a spot."

"He's a driven kid, I mean he's got goals and he wants to achieve them and he does the things necessary to achieve them," Patrick said.

Smith's goal is to make it to the NFL after college, but he has another dream away from the field to work for the FBI.

"Making a change in the community and I'm seeing a lot of stuff going on in this world and I just want to be a part and make a difference in it," Smith said.

As Brandon's time in "The Jungle" wraps up, he wants to leave behind a legacy of being the "humble beast."

"Between the lines he flies around and plays football at extremely high level," Patrick said, "Outside the football lines he's a well-spoken young man, he's very polite, he's just the total package."

"On the field, off the field I was somebody that anybody could come up and have a general conversation with and seem like he's a nice guy, you can really speak highly about him," Smith said.

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