"I like Michigan, it's a good school," Smothers said. "It's a good traditional based school. There is nothing like playing in the Big House.
"If Michigan were to offer, that would stick out, because that's a big school coming to Baltimore where they really don't recruit. That's going to be a big school for me. They would definitely would jump up in my top-five."
Rated a four-star prospect, the Old Line state star currently holds notable offers from Florida State, Florida, Ohio State and Georgia among others. And while a Michigan offer may be in his future, he says if the Wolverines do offer he will "definitely' camp this June.
At 5-foot-9, 150-pounds, Smothers says distance won't be a factor in his recruitment and there is already some schools sticking out early on.
"Sticking out right now would definitely be Penn State," Smothers said. "Because before the coaching change I thought Penn State and Michigan, they are traditional schools. So I thought they would be last to offer. That really stuck out to me. And Alabama, when offered, I was just shocked. I was like ‘Oh, Alabama.' They have one person on their roster who is from Alabama, Cyrus Jones, and they really don't come down to this area. And Nick Saban told me the offer himself. Nick Saban wanted to talk to me, that's out of the ordinary to me. Alabama is definitely sticking out. Florida State too. And (Ohio State coach) Urban Meyer said I remind him of Percy Harvin."
And with his choice of programs, Smothers admits he is looking for more than just football in his future school.
"Besides football, because every school can give me football," Smothers said. "So really the alumni, because of life after football. The average football span in the NFL is three to five years. The alumni that can keep me connected so I can make money after the game. Really the alumni, the fan base and a family atmosphere."