Smith Talks about his Kentucky Switch

Kentucky coaches were surprised when Alex Smith committed to Cincinnati back in February of last year. They were surprised yet again when he decommitted and picked North Carolina this fall. Now it appears that persistence paid off when Smith decided to stay closer to home and play at Kentucky.

Kentucky coaches were surprised when Alex Smith committed to Cincinnati back in February of last year. They were surprised yet again when he decommitted and picked North Carolina this fall. Now it appears that persistence paid off when Smith decided to stay closer to home and play at Kentucky.

Kentucky has recruited Alex Smith for a long time and they believed they had the inside track to pull in the three-star tight but Smith bounced around a little before finally settling where he knew he really wanted to be all along.

"I have family that's from a strong UK base," he said. "I liked North Carolina, but when I thought about it, I could have pretty much everything I would have at UNC at Kentucky. The difference is it's in my own back yard," he said.

Smith also admits to growing up favoring the Cat. "I have always been a die-hard Kentucky fan," he said. "When I really looked at it, that's what I wanted. I wanted to live out my dream."

The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is a dream prospect for most coaches. Holding offers from North Carolina, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Michigan and several others, Smith could be a force in the passing game as early as next year. That's especially the case at Kentucky, where the Wildcats have lost three senior tight ends this year.

"One of the reasons I chose to go to UK is because I could come in and have a key role in the offense," he said. "I'll be playing in the best conference in America. I have no complaints," said Smith.

Smith has already graduated from high school and had initially planned to enroll at North Carolina in January, but now he's planning on moving to Lexington soon. "I think I'll be in Lexington by the end of this month. I'm going to work out and stay in shape. I can't do everything with the team because I'm not enrolled, though," he said.

As a senior Smith caught 27 passes for 575 yards, leading his team in both categories. Smith is a three-star prospect and the number 18 rated player tight end in the nation according to Scout.com.


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