Smith initially planned to enroll at North Carolina for the spring semester but was unable to get his classwork lined up properly to allow admission. Smith eventually settled on attending UK for a few reasons.
"I am going to a team where I am more of a need than a want," Smith told Vaught. "UK is graduating three tight ends and I have a chance to play early. Me and my family bleed blue, so this is going to be the best choice for me."
"Kentucky just kept calling and showing interest. They will have Morgan Newton at quarterback and Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke on offense. That and a chance to play as a freshman at a SEC school is not a bad combination. Plus, my mom and family can get to see me play a lot easier, which is a big help for her," he continued.
Smith had always been a top target for Kentucky and many were surprised that he ever committed anywhere else. He has now come full circle and will sign with Kentucky on Wednesday.