Smith mainly plays quarterback for his high school team but will come to Maryland as a wide receiver. He has the size but also the athleticism to play wideout at the collegiate level as he also plays basketball for his high school. He has always wanted to play wide receiver in college.
"I have a really good vertical and I can get the ball," said Smith. "I think [playing wide receiver] is fun. On special plays I will go out there as a wide receiver but it's not my main position [in high school]."
With so few opportunities to see Smith play the wide receiver position, the Maryland coaches had to make sure he was an ideal candidate for the position switch.
"I broke my leg my sophomore year and [the Maryland coaches] were just telling me if I could run a good 40 time they would offer me a scholarship as a wide receiver," he said. "I went to the Nike camp at Clemson and ran a 4.52 and they were pretty excited about that. I got the phone call the next week and they offered me."
Despite hearing from other schools such as Virginia Tech, Virginia, Clemson and Northwestern among others, Smith decided to pull the trigger and end his recruitment after feeling Maryland was the right school for him.
"I figured if it was the best fit for me out of everywhere why wait?" he said. "I didn't really know much about the school but once I went out there, there was something about it. I just felt it was the right place for me."
"I liked the campus a far as you don't have to go as far to get around campus. I just liked the atmosphere. The people there love football and they love the school so there's a lot of pride involved in it. The coaching staff, the way they run things is similar to my high school so it was something I felt real comfortable with. The coaching staff looks at you more as like an individual first and as a football player second."
Having already made his college decision, Smith can focus on the position switch and learning more about the wide receiver position. He will be camping at Maryland this month.
"I'll be up there but I don't know if I'm going to be up there for two days or one," he said. "I'm going to focus on learning the wide receiver [position]. Basically I want to take what I learn from the Maryland camp because I'm raw at the position and work on what they need me to work on and just get myself better at the position and get stronger as well."
Smith says he is thinking about redshirting when he arrives at Maryland because he will be learning a new position and wants to get that down first. Smith also has a sister who just transferred to Maryland.
Of course, Smith still has one more year of high school ball and he has a certain goal in mind for this upcoming season.
"I want to be in the playoffs. Our team has been in a [playoff] drought so I want to go to the playoffs."
Smith says he has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 960 on the SAT which he will retake.
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