"Yes I got the offer (on Sunday)," Smith said. "I talked to the director of recruiting (Eric White). He just told, straight up, he loved my film.
"He wanted to offer me to come play ball at Syracuse. He said they need ballers like that in the ACC."
Despite the offer and seemingly strong interest the Orange have in Smith, it was the first contact the two sides had directly with one another.
"This was the first I've heard from Syracuse," Smith said. "It was kind of surprising. I didn't expect it at all. It caught me by surprise. I was in shock."
Smith already holds offers from some SEC schools with interest from other power houses. Still, Scout's 8th best middle linebacker in 2015 is going to give the Orange a fair shot.
"I think I'm going to really look into it," Smith said. "I have family out that way. My granddad lives in Queens, New York. My aunt lives up in Buffalo. I have other aunts around in the Queens area.
"It would mean a lot to have them able to see so many games."
Still very early in the process, Smith says three schools are recruiting him hard right now. But he is nowhere close to trimming his list or making a decision.
Smith also expressed interest in visiting the Syracuse campus, though he did not discuss it with White when the two sides spoke over the weekend.