Smith posted just 10 yards during the bowl game earlier in the afternoon, the one low point in a season where he led the team with 67 catches for 1,055 yards, yet another standout campaign in which he became the Terps all-time leader in all-purpose yards and set the Atlantic Coast Conference mark for career kickoff return yardage. His 12 receiving touchdowns this season is the most ever by a Maryland player.
The prospect of a new head coach, new offensive coordinator and new type of philosophy may have swayed Smith towards the N.F.L., as it was evident Smith was a big fan of Ralph Friedgen, who coached both his final game with his alma mater Wednesday.
Other reports indicated Smith would leave College Park in order to do what is best for his family. Smith not only plays leader on the field, but at his home is the eldest of seven children living in a single-parent household. Becoming a professional would allow Smith to help foster Colonial Beach, Va.
According to ESPNs Scout Inc., Smith is the fifth best wide receiver available in this years N.F.L. Draft, behind the likes of Georgias A.J. Green, Alabamas Julio Jones and Oklahoma States Justin Blackman. Overall, Smith earned a No. 53 ranking.
Smith is projected to be drafted in the second round of the draft, the site predicts, citing his ability to impact the outcome of collegiate level games, potential to create mismatches against N.F.L.-caliber opponents, consistent efforts on a weekly basis and because he cannot be shut down by a single defender.