"Coach (Greg) Knox said he loves the way I play," Smith said. "He compared me to their receivers. He wants me to come catch a game and wanted to let me know I have an offer from Mississippi State.
"I'm very excited. I told him, 'Thanks, man. I really appreciate it.' This is big...it's my first SEC offer. Coming from where I've been since I was a freshman who was going unnoticed, schools are recognizing my talent."
Destrehan goes for a berth in the 5A state championship game on the road in the west Lafayette metro area tomorrow against top-seeded Acadiana.
"We're hyped about the matchup," Smith said. "We're going to do our best to handle our business. They have a good (split-back veer option) offense that we'll try to stop.
"I had four catches for 87 yards (in the quarterfinals) against Dutchtown last week. We got out of there safely with the win."
Smith closed with more comments about MSU.
"It was my first time meeting Coach Knox," the junior said. "He looked me in my eyes when he talked to me, and I know that what we talked about was legit.
"I just watched Mississippi State beat Ole Miss on TV (in late November). I really like what they do at MSU. They run the spread, and their campus is laid out real nice. My coaches said they have a real good program; I'm considering them."