• John Macon Gillespie

Hard Work Or Nothing For Louis Smith

It is rare that offensive lineman are able to see action early in their careers at the high school or college level. Even less often do you see a youngster excel in the trenches. But that is just what D’Iberville center Louis Smith did last season.

Smith started all 13 games for the Warriors last season as a freshman. He was an anchor on an offensive line that allowed the Warrior offense to rush for over 250 yards per game. Their season would end in the first round of the 6A playoffs with a loss to Brandon. They finished with a 6-7 record.

How was Smith able to perform big for his team as such an early stage in his career?

“My family has taught and instilled in me that in everything I do I have to do with dedication, hard work and drive. That is my approach to playing football,” Smith told SES Mississippi.

Despite early success Smith has remained humble and focused on areas where he can improve.

“I want to improve my speed and agility for sure,” He said. “But I’m really focusing on quick hands and feed, and technique. Really focusing on my craft”

He has backed those words up by signing up to compete in the Fortius Project hosted by the SES Network at Petal High School on March 5th. W

“The name alone intrigued me. Also, the promo made me even more interested. Once I discovered what it was, I was all in. I wanted to get a chance to compare my skills against the best in Mississippi,” He explained.

He will be one of the more intriguing players in attendance. We hope to see some of the skills he displays in his Hudl highlights that have made him a fan favorite for those that cheer for D’IBerville. Also, it will be interesting to see how he handles players that are older than him. With his roughly 6’3 280-pound, mature frame, it would not surprise us if he was the talk of the event.

Looking ahead to next fall, there is no question what he is striving for, not only for his team but himself as well.

“To compete with a new head coach and move forward past the first round of the playoffs,” Smith said. “Personally, I want to maintain my grades, make all-region first team and continue to perfect my technique during and outside of football.”

Beyond next season he is working towards one day playing in the Army All-American Bowl, in addition to playing at a division one school. He also aspires to study engineering or medicine.

Outside of football Smith likes to spend time with his family, play video games with his sister and hang out with his friends.

“Madden 16, Fallout 4 and Call of Duty Black Ops 3,” Smith said of the video games he enjoys playing.

Another interesting note Smith is that he once was not concerned with being on the gridiron, but yet on the sidelines.

“When I was little I wanted to be a mascot,” He said. “Until I started to play football.”

Join Louis Smith at the Fortius Project stop in Petal on March 5th. Early registration ends February 29th. Sign up today.

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