Sam Webb: So first things first… was the Michigan offer something that you were expecting? Did you see it coming?
Kaden Smith: “This summer I saw it coming in the long run. I just wasn’t really sure when it was going to happen. I am definitely excited it happened.”
Sam Webb: Before we talk about recruiting and everything, how did things go for you on the football field this past year?
Kaden Smith: “Definitely really good. As a freshman I did alright, but this year I was just trying to get faster and not try to get too big and heavy but still be able to block. I had about 40 catches and eight touchdowns.”
Sam Webb: For people who haven’t seen you play, describe your game. Give me a scouting report.
Kaden Smith: “Definitely goes up for the ball. I mean I love when the quarterback would just lob it up to me and I’ll fight and go get it. Blocking, I mean, I can block in open field, they put me out at the wide out and they still have bubbles to the inside guy and I’ll get the little corner. Also in H-back and full back and they can put me in that tight end and with my hand on the ground and block and run routes.”
Sam Webb: Are there any players you watch that you try to emulate or people say that you are similar to?
Sam Webb: Michigan offered you tonight. Where does that take you to offer wise? What over schools have offered you so far?
Sam Webb: Take me back to your Michigan visit experience (Smith visited U-M last July 28 for the "Big House BBQ" Junior Day). What was that like? What did you think when you were up in Ann Arbor?
Kaden Smith: “It was absolutely great. I mean the weather was kind of chilly but great facilities and a great coaching staff.”
Sam Webb: Have you visited any of the other schools that have offered you?
Kaden Smith: “I visited Florida State this summer. That I have been offered by? Yeah, I visited OU and pretty much all of them except Baylor and Texas Tech.”
Sam Webb: Michigan kind of sticks out like a sore thumb when it comes to distance from home. You mentioned a lot of schools in the south…obviously a lot of schools in the Big 12 region. At the end of the day is that going to be a hindrance for Michigan in recruiting you, how far away from home they are?
Kaden Smith: “It’s not. I’m also interested in Stanford and that is all the way across the country. My parents are moving down to Florida when I get out of high school. So, I don’t really mind traveling at all.”
Sam Webb: You mentioned the coaching staff. I know Coach Funk has been the guy recruiting you. Just give me your impressions of Coach Funk thus far?
Kaden Smith: “He seems like a great guy. He came in and watched my basketball game last night. He seems just like a great guy and great coach.”
Sam Webb: When you called did he talk to you at all about potentially getting back up on a visit or attending camp?
Kaden Smith: “He asked me call Coach Nussmeier. I am going to call him later this week and I am sure they will talk to me about that.”
Sam Webb: His arrival in Ann Arbor, is that something you took notice of?
Kaden Smith: “I just found out about 10 minutes ago that he came to Michigan. I wasn’t really aware of that.”
Sam Webb: Is that something that makes a difference to you?
Kaden Smith: “Well I mean, I really liked their offense before because they were double tight ends. I am sure they won’t change too much with Coach Nussmeier.”
Sam Webb: Do you know Stephen Hopkins at all or the Hopkins family, being from Flower Mound? If so have you been able to talk to them about Michigan?
Kaden Smith: “I am very good friends with his brother, Nate. Me and him met in like sixth grade. So we are friends since then.”
Sam Webb: Have they talked to you at all about Michigan?
Kaden Smith: “I haven’t really talked to them too much about it. All I know is Nate really loves it up there and it is pretty cold up there but he loves it.”
Sam Webb: Let’s talk decision criteria. What are going to be the most significant factors in your choice?
Kaden Smith: “Great education definitely and I just want to get along with the coaching staff, which I understand that they can leave at any time but those are the two big things I am looking for right now.”
Sam Webb: You just said that education is going to be a huge deal. I know it’s really early for you. Do you know what you want to major in yet?
Kaden Smith: “I’m not quite sure about that yet.”
Sam Webb: What about timeline. You still have a long time to reach a decision. Have you kind of game planned when you’d like to do that yet?
Kaden Smith: “I have not. I was hoping to like, end of junior year but now that I think about it, I just want to make sure it is the right choice and I want to visit all the schools as much as possible. I think it will come later on.”
Sam Webb: This is the toughest question I’m going to ask you. Are there any schools that are sticking out for you at this point?
Kaden Smith: “Wow, I think most of all…I’m really looking at not just their records but the coaching and the education. I mean Stanford has great coaches and a great education there and I understand Michigan does also. So, I mean, I’m not really sure yet.”