KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — At 6-foot-6, 313-pounds, Trey Smith is built like a tank.
Tennessee’s 5-star early enrollee already looks like seasoned veteran, and the mammoth offensive tackle is excited to get to work under the Vols new strength and conditioning director Rock Gullickson.
“His knowledge, man. If you don’t take his knowledge, you’re a fool,” Smith said Thursday, as Tennessee introduced its five-man mid-year class.
“He’s a great asset to this team and this university to make us better. … He has 17 years of NFL weight room knowledge, I’m going to trust that.”
Smith, the nation’s No. 25 overall prospect per 247Sports Composite, committed to Tennessee in December. He’s expected to vie for rotational role on the offensive line next season, with former Vols coach Mark Bradley telling SEC Country that thew versatile lineman has the potential to be the best offensive tackle in the NFL in the future.
For now, Smith, always humble, is simply focused on “working hard” and “earning the respect” of his teammates. He admitted his recruiting rankings don’t matter anymore.
“I just want to dig my head down, work hard and get some respect,” he said.
“I need to prove myself to my teammates and the upperclassman.”
Smith hails from a college-esque weight program at the University School of Jackson, but the in-state talent jokingly said he needs to improve his endurance at Tennessee.
“That’s one area I struggle in. … It’s a big-guy problem,” he said, chuckling.
“Carrying around 300-plus pounds, you’re naturally going to get tired. That’s on me to get better. With this strength program, it’s excellent. We’re going to get right.”
In the video above, Smith also touches on playing guard versus tackle at Tennessee, earning respect, bonding with Riley Locklear and his message to recruits over next three weeks until National Signing Day.
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