Personal: Born Oct. 20, 1992, he is the son of Kirk Smothers and Lori Cornella.
High School: He was rated as the fourth-best prospect in the state of Arkansas and as the No. 17 offensive guard in the country by Rivals.com. After his senior season under head coach Shane Patrick, Smothers was selected to Under Armour's All-America team and appeared in the Under Armour All-American Game held in Tampa, Fla. Smothers was a first-team Class 7A West All-State pick by the AHSAA and a first-team all-state selection by ArkansasVarsity.com. He was also recruited by Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and UCLA.