PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Students at South Girard School in Phenix City were all ears Friday as Orwin Smith, running back for Georgia Tech, spoke to student athletes.
Smith is a Girard alum and he spent the day telling students about what it takes to balance college courses and football.
Smith told the aspiring athletes that even though sports may be what they want to do in life, you can't do it without making good grades.
The running back explains why he thinks it is so important to speak to these students about keeping their grades up.
"As soon as they get to high school as a freshman, just stay on them grades because it impacts you so hard when it's time for you to actually pick a school," Smith said. "And I know a lot of athletes here are trying to get in to a school and I've seen athletes not make it because of their freshman year grades so I just want to make sure that they know how important it is."
Smith told News Leader 9 it was great to be back in his old school.
He hopes speaking with students will help them realize just how important good grades are.