After taking a final exam in North Carolina Friday morning, linebacker Chris Smith will take what he thinks is one of the most important drives in his young life.
Smith (6-1, 220, 4.52), who had a whopping 32 sacks last season for Mount Ullah West Rowan, will hit the road for an unofficial visit to the University of Arkansas this weekend.
"If it is everything I think it is going to be, I will go back as a Razorback," Smith said. "I plan to commit this weekend while I am there."
Smith is visiting Fayetteville this weekend along with fellow North Carolina prep standout P.J. Clyburn (6-1, 205), a safety from Statesville West Iredell.
"P.J. is a great athlete, one that lines up at wide receiver, defensive back, safety and even linebacker for his team," Smith said. "He's like me in that he is very interested in Arkansas."
One of the reasons that Smith is very interested in Arkansas is because of how the Razorback coaches are planning on using him as a defender.
"They are talking about having me play both outside linebacker and defensive end," Smith said. "They plan to put me up at defensive end on obvious rush situations so I can get to the quarterback. That's got me very excited. And I can also make plays on the other downs at linebacker."
Smith certainly did that this past season while helping his team win the state title and racking up 90 tackles – a third of which were sacks.
"I think the best thing I have is my quickess and my first step," Smith said. "The offensive linemen I go up against hate that first step because they can't get their hands on me."
He was part of a great defense Mount Rowan sent out this season.
"We had a great defensive line, guys that really got after it, " Smith said. "They would try to run one way, get turned back and either one of us defensive ends would be there in the backfield waiting. We got a whole lot of pressure on the quarterbacks."
Smith got a offer last week from Kentucky and also has offers from East Carolina, Duke and Virginia.
"No disrespect to those other schools and their conference, but the SEC is just the best there is," Smith said. "You have a team either ranked number one each week or playing a number one. It's just great competition and something I want to be a part of. Arkansas just has so much to offer."
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