"I like the coaching staff," Smith said. "They are pretty nice. They make you feel like home. It made me feel like a priority. They really showed me love.
"It's just the place and the coaches," he added. "They are amazing and so welcoming."
That love showed with one-on-one time with the coaching staff. Inviting a select group of players on purpose to be able to talk and interact with the players, Auburn put out the red carpet for Smith and he appreciated that.
"I got more individual time," Smith said. "I got to spend more time with Coach Ellis Johnson. I met with Coach Gus Malzahn and Coach (Scott) Fountain. They told me that they really want me and that I can come in and make an immediate impact."
Being recruited by Auburn as a linebacker, Smith said he really enjoyed getting to spend time with Johnson and likes the veteran edge he brings to the table for the Tigers.
"He's a veteran coach," Smith said. "I can see how he can get a gameplan together. He had one going in versus FSU in the national championship."
Auburn advanced to the national championship game and came up just short in its bid to win it all, but the Tigers still had one of the greatest turnaround seasons in college football history. Going from 3-9 a year ago to 12-2 and the SEC Championship obviously spoke volumes for Smith.
"Coach Gus Malzahn showed that he can turn a program around," Smith said. "I like to see something like that headed in the right direction. I love the place. I really like it a lot."
Still keeping his options open, Smith said he plans to have a top five by the end of the summer heading into his senior year. That's when he hopes to narrow things down even more and make a decision by the end of his football season in order to graduate high school early.