"It feels pretty good," said Smith. "I feel relieved and excited at the same time, it is just a feeling that you cannot express in words."
Despite his commitment, school s will likely continue to pursue Smith. However, do not expect him to change his mind.
"I am 100 percent committed to Virginia and I am done with recruiting," he said.
Smith knew Virginia was where he needed to be.
"First, they made me my own junior day," he said. "The only other school to do that was East Carolina. It was just a combination of everything. They had the environment, academics, and the coaching staff I wanted. I also liked the players and wanted to be around them for the next four or five years of my life. The last thing that stood out was how seriously they take academics."
Smith repeatedly acknowledged the coaching staff as one of the biggest reasons he committed.
"Coach (Jeff) Hanson always kept it real with me and said what he felt," Smith said. "Then coach (Mike) London is by far one of the best coaches that I have ever met. It was just really nice and I felt comfortable around them."
Last season, despite missing a few games due to injury, Smith racked up 82 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, a sack, five forced fumbles, and two interceptions (both returned for touchdowns). Smith is a three-star prospect for Scout and the No. 40 middle linebacker in the country. He also had scholarship offers from East Carolina, Florida, Georgia State, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.