GBW: Talk about your experience at Nike Football Training Camp?
Smith Jr.: "It was a great experience. It had a lot of competition from around the nation. Like from Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee. It was just kids coming out and competing. And I did great, especially with the 1-on-1 (drill). The hand drill we had to do with the ladders (too)."
GBW: After your experience today, what are something's you feel you need to work on in your game?
Smith Jr.: "I would say my hand speed. I was talking to my father before we even came here, and my coaches they were talking about it (too). They said my speed made up for it. I would just want to work on that so I can be a better player."
GBW: As a defensive line prospect, what do you feel is your best attribute as a player?
Smith Jr.: "I would say my number one attribute is run stopping. Because that is what we do mostly at MT. Carmel, because the teams we go against they rarely pass. And since we run a 3-4 defense that's what we are performing to do. But when it comes to passing I get after it (laughing)."
GBW: What are you doing this off-season to get ready for the upcoming season?
Smith Jr.: "I actually train with my father…And I believe I am going to like Ten Summer camps. This is my first one, I know my next one coming up is this week or next week."
GBW: What camps will you be attending?
Smith Jr.: "I can name off the ones I do remember. Vanderbilt, Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Northern Illinois."
GBW: Do you have any offers right now?
Smith Jr.: "I picked up two scholarship offers. My first one came from Northern Illinois. The second is from Eastern Michigan. And University of Illinois they seem like they are really interested in me. I receive stuff in the mail saying, that ‘we are the future.' Saying, ‘family first'. I called coach Butkus the offensive line coach and we have conversations."
GBW: Coming from the state of Illinois, would you say the Illini are high on your list?
Smith Jr.: "Most definitely, they are one of the premiere teams in the Big Ten. And one of the hardest conferences is the Big Ten. I like mostly Big Ten and SEC schools. Whatever comes to me, I will take into consideration."
GBW: Has Michigan shown any interest?
Smith Jr.: "The defensive line coach he came to my school."
GBW: You mean coach Jerry Montgomery?
Smith Jr.: "Yes, he came to our 6 AM workout .
GBW: What are your thoughts on coach Montgomery?
Smith Jr.: "He is a great guy. He seemed laid back, and he seemed like he was really enjoying what I was doing at out 6 AM workouts."
GBW: If Michigan were to offer you, what would that mean to you?
Smith Jr.: "Oh man, I would be honored. It would be the Big Ten. I always watched them on TV as a kid. I actually came to the game this year, Illinois versus Michigan. Michigan pulled the victory out over Illinois and it was just a great game overall."
GBW: When would you like to make your final college decision?
Smith Jr.: "I would like to say after or before my senior season to get it out the way. So I can focus on the season if I make it before the season or afterwards, so I can just play my senior season. And get it out the way, so I can focus on specifically that."
GBW: What are going to be the deciding factors going to be in your final decision?
Smith Jr.: "First and foremost academically. It has to have a great engineering program, because I do want to become a mechanical or constructional engineer. And how I would fit into the team. Like on the defensive line. If I would come in and get a good percentage of playing time. Or if I would have to redshirt. I would take that all into consideration. And how far way it is from my family. Cause family is first. And if I would have to make the necessary arrangements to go home, and how they would take that."