"It was different (visiting Michigan this time) just being able to see the fans and see how much love I got while I was there. A lot of them recognized me. I got a lot of shout outs when I was there. I saw what a deal it is for everyone there to be a Wolverine. The game day environment is really good. I like how big the stadium is and I got a chance to see it filled up this time."
Smith also got a got a chance to see how coveted he is by the coaching staff.
"We left (the game) early because for this time of the season I did not dress right," the talented youngster said referring to his decision not to bring a coat on the trip. "Before the game I got a chance to talk Rodriguez, Hopson… everyone. I got a chance to spend a lot of good time with them. They expressed how they are going to take me and they aren't going to take any other tight ends."
The Wolverines' tight ends were thrown at a number of times in Saturday's loss, further proving their utilization in Rodriguez's offense. For Smith that was the most telling aspect of Saturday's game. The outcome did little to change his opinion of where things are headed in Ann Arbor.
"The guys they've got now (in Rodriguez's first full recruiting class) aren't even sophomores yet," said Smith. "It's a program that's going to only go up. "
Despite having this most recent unofficial visit to Ann Arbor under his belt, Smith still plans to make it back to Michigan for an official visit before he settles on a decision.
"We were talking about it, but since I left I haven't really gotten a chance to talk to the coaches to set it up yet," he said. "I think I might take it a little bit easy right now since the playoffs are so near and I've got my big rivalry game coming up and everything. We've got our last game this week, then we get a week off, and then the playoffs start so I might just chill a little bit."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Alex Smith in the coming weeks.