"Just the honor to be out here and be able to play in a game like this," he said. "To get the opportunity to come out here and play. I can learn from the Marines and have fun and enjoy being around new players and see what college will be more like."
Being in Los Angeles, he will start to get a little feel for what his college defense will be like as he will be on a team with fellow Commodores commit Michael Sawyers.
"It will be fun," Smith said. "We work out together and we usually scrimmage their team and play against each other. He goes to a private school and I got to a public but we scrimmage those teams and we got together."
The pair both liked the close proximity of Vanderbilt to their homes, but Smith added how much he liked his fit with the people.
"They are outgoing and talkative, not really all about themselves," he said. "They are team-type guys. They are all forward and buy into the program people."
It also allowed him an opportunity to play his desired position of safety, and maybe sooner rather than later.
"I'm excited to come out and try to start as a true freshman," he said. "(They said) it was a possibility."