"It was my first time in Athens," he said. "I had named LSU, Georgia and Florida State as my top three, but I'd not been to Georgia, yet. I talked to Coach Richt and Coach Jancek a lot, and I really liked it."
Many observers have thought Florida State, which is hours closer to Smith, and also has committed players from his high school, is the favorite to sign the prospect. But the trip north to Athens, and the attention given to the star seems to have pulled the Dawgs at least even, if not ahead of the Seminoles.
"Georgia - there is something about it," he said with admiration. "Of course, they are recruiting some close friends of mine, and that is big (for me). I got a lot of one-on-one coaching from Georgia, and I really liked it. Distance is not a problem for me. Georgia is the in-state school, and it is only about five hours away."
The first trip to Georgia was better than he'd expected. The attention from Jancek was positive, and playing for the home team might be a big draw, too.
"I really didn't know much about Georgia," Smith admitted. "I knew they were well known for football. I went up there with an open mind. I wanted to see what was going to happen. I really loved Athens. Everyone was telling me that it is my home-state school. They are telling me that it's the place to go to play in the SEC. It was everything I expected and more."
Smith feels like he will be back at Georgia this fall.
"I do want to go back to Georgia. I know that I am going to take an official to Georgia. I plan to get to LSU this summer. I am supposed to camp at Florida State in July," he said of his plans.