Matthew Smith has been a two sport athlete much of his high school career. Hoping to find his way on to a college roster in one of his favorite sports, Smith worked hard to sharpen the skill set every single year. As a senior, Smith discovered that his path to the next level would likely be football.
"I started snapping when I was in like the 7th grade," Smith explained. "I have always played baseball and football, but football just sort of took off for me this year. I am not even going to play baseball this spring. I am just focusing on football and getting ready for next year."
Where Smith plays next year is still a matter of discussion. Several programs have shown varying levels of interest in the 6-1, 200 pounder. The veteran of several summer camps, Smith now knows that he will be in uniform somewhere next season.
"I am taking the official visit to Mississippi State this weekend," Smith said. "Georgia Southern is supposed to offer me a preferred walk on spot today. I have been getting interest from Oklahoma State and a few other schools too. It's exciting and I am looking forward to the visit to Mississippi State this weekend."
While Smith made the rounds this summer, Mississippi State was not one of the schools that he visited. The Bulldogs just recently got in contact with Smith about the possibility of joining their roster next fall.
"Coach (Dan) Mullen came to see me a week or two ago and he offered me," Smith said. "They have a senior snapper that is going to be graduating in December. Once he is done then I would have the chance to be put on scholarship in 2018.
"Mississippi State is in the SEC and that is big time football. I am excited about the opportunity and excited about getting over there this weekend to see everything."
Smith is still considering all options at this point, but admits that the chance to play in some of college football's most hallowed venues is especially intriguing.
"In high school, we made it to the state championship game two years in a row," Smith said. "I know what it's like to play in important games. In college, I want to be able to play in big games and play big time football. Having the chance to play in the SEC is big and that's something that I am thinking a lot about."
Smith helped the Hornets of Roswell High School to a 14-1 record for the second consecutive year. The Hornets finished 14-1 in consecutive seasons. Both of those campaigns ended with a loss in the Georgia 7A State championship game.