'16 TE Kaden Smith 'Surprised' by U-M Visit

Flower Mound (Texas)'16 TE Kaden Smith talks Michigan visit, his thoughts on U-M, a possible offer coming up, a return visit and more.

Flower Mound (Texas) 2016 tight end Kaden Smith is a prospect on the rise nationally. He has already been on visits to Alabama, Florida State, Clemson and Stanford this year and earlier this week he made his way up to Michigan to see what the Wolverines have to offer.

Needless to say, Smith's first visit to Ann Arbor was a surprising success.

"I did not (know what to expect,)" Smith said. "I wasn't expecting anything when I got up there. And then facility wise and how cool the coaches are -- that really surprised me.

"They pretty much said they haven't sat down and looked at the numbers (and) how many tight ends they want and quarterbacks and everything. They said they are going to go ahead and do so. And they fully expect me to have an offer in two months after evaluating a couple games."

That's good news for Smith, who already holds offers form Clemson and Alabama. But now that he has taken in his first visit to U-M, he said the Maize & Blue are "definitely" a future option.

"I think It will definitely be a choice as I go through this recruiting process," said Smith on Michigan. "It will be a very valuable option."

In the future, Smith said he would like to come back to Michigan for a Saturday home game.

"For sure, I would love to come to one of those games," Smith said. "I have watched them on TV but a I am sure, they don't compare to real life and how big the stadium is and how they sellout every game – it's huge."

With schools all over the U.S. looking at Smith already, he noted that distance will not be a factor in his recruitment.

"I am willing to travel quite a ways," Smith said. "I have already visited Stanford and my parents are moving to Florida once I graduate high school. So we're willing to travel that far. I am definitely looking for a high football quality school with a great education, though. I believe in that."

At 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, it easy to see why colleges are already lining up to sign Smith and his big play potential.

"I believe I have big hands and you can throw it up and I'll try to go up and get it," Smith said. "My school is a run heavy team. So I had 14 catches last year. We moved a linebacker to quarterback and he still did a great job. I love getting thrown to -- but I also really like to block and get down in the trenches and work with offensive lineman."

In the meantime, Smith said he is focused on having a big sophomore season.

"I am probably not going to focus on recruiting at all. I just want to go out and play."

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