Smith, rated a three star prospect in the class of 2009, committed to South Carolina in June, and remains slated to head to Coach Steve Spurrier's program barring a major change. However, the connection to Lipford has, at least, cracked the door for the Blue Devils.
"I've talked to Darius about Duke. He's and I are pretty close, and he's working on me to visit and see what they have to offer. I've talked to Coach Cutcliffe a few times about the program and he's told me they want to bring in players like me to take the program to the next level."
Despite the Blue Devils' pitch, it would appear as though Smith would need to have some situations work themselves out to end up in Durham. First and foremost, Smith would need to decide that Duke was a better fit for him than the Gamecocks. Second, the Duke coaches would have to make some decisions regarding the remaining room in the class of 2009.
"Right now I am solid with South Carolina, but I might look to make a couple of visits to other schools just to make sure."
Smith, who measured in at 6' and 205 pounds, played both runningback and linebacker this season - rushing for more than 1,500 yards while making more than 200 tackles and eight interceptions.
Scout.com's Burke Hayes describes Smith as "a big, big hitter, Smith could be a top-tier SEC safety. Will succeed in a system that will require him to be a force player, thus playing to his strength. Has the straight-line speed to play in the secondary but is often too high, which makes change of direction slightly difficult. May move down a level to LB where he will thrive due to speed, range and delivery. Extremely effective at the point of attack and always finishes."