Then, he got a taste of a bitter freeze in the Midwest.
"It was a bit of a shocker because it hasn't been that cold in Connecticut," Smith said. "I think it's colder here than it is in Toronto right now. I don't know what to expect when I get home, but it probably will be warmer."
Dealing with the chilling temperatures proved worth it for the Class of 2012 Wide Receiver. While on his official visit to see the Hawkeyes, they extended him a scholarship offer.
"The offensive coordinator (Ken O'Keefe) and the wide receivers coach, Coach (Erik) Campbell, called me in with Coach (Kirk) Ferentz," Smith said. "He explained how much they would like to have me and he said they're offering me a scholarship."
The 6-foot-1, 186-pound route runner reports a 4.43-second, 40-yard dash.
"(The Hawkeye coaches) said they would like to use me all over the place," Smith said. "They said I can play all over and in this system they will be able to move me all around. They can see me as a threat at different spots."
Smith watched Iowa film and practice to get an idea of the offense and where he might fit into it.
"I was really impressed by the coaching," Smith said. "I really like how the receivers were coached by Coach Campbell. I learned a lot on my own by just watching.
"I think it's a pretty good system. I think it's a system where they try to emphasize using their athletes and getting the ball to their playmakers, which is really good to see."
Smith, who also holds offers from Connecticut and Temple, liked what he saw of the Iowa campus and the town in which it rests.
"The campus is beautiful," he said. "With them upgrading the campus and putting in the new indoor practice facility, it's going to be even better. The town was pretty nice, too. It was a nice college town."
Despite a great visit and liking what he saw, Smith wasn't ready to give the Iowa coaches his commitment.
"I pretty much told them that I'd like to keep all of my doors open," he said. "Iowa is a great school and they're going to be one of my top choices."
Smith said he's not sure about his next step in the recruiting process.
"I've been talking with Miami for the past couple of weeks," he said. "I might be going on a visit there. I'll talk to my coach and find that out in the next couple of days."
Another Toronto native, '12 running back Akeel Smith (Hawkeye offer), also officially visited Iowa this weekend. He and Smith grew up together.
"It was great to see him," Smith said. "We hadn't seen each other in a while. He liked the visit, too. I guess there's a chance we could both be Hawkeyes.
"But we're both looking to find what's best for us as individuals. That could be Iowa. That could be somewhere else."