Five months after earning an Iowa State offer at a Florida satellite camp, Frostproof (Fla.) offensive lineman Michael Smith Jr. arrived in Ames during the weekend to get a closer look at the program.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Smith originally committed to Georgia Southern before the season on Aug. 1 but has since decommitted and reopened his recruitment. Smith is currently considering Iowa State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana Tech and Georgia Southern. His first official visit during the weekend went as planned.
“It went good,” Smith said of his stop in Ames. “It was good, the facility's are amazing and they’re great people in Ames.”
When Smith camped with Iowa State at its Lake Wales (Fla.) satellite camp in mid-June, Iowa State saw him primarily at guard, though coaches also had him take snaps at center and ultimately offered at the end of camp.
The Cyclones still see Smith at one of the interior positions.
“They love my game all-around and [see me] at center or right guard,” Smith said of what he heard from coaches. “The message was there are a lot of linemen leaving and I could come in and play early.”
Smith currently plans to use all five official visits before committing, meaning he still has four visits remaining and an uncertain timeline.
After his weekend visit, though, Iowa State is in good position.
“Pretty good,” Smith said of Iowa State. “I haven't officially visited any other school yet to compare, [but] Iowa State is up there on the list.”