Smith: "I'm Pumped Up"

NC State landed a huge commitment on Thursday from five-star point guard Dennis Smith, and he discussed his commitment with Pack Pride.

Dennis Smith was ready to get it done.

A day after hosting the NC State coaches for an official visit, the five-star point guard told the staff that he wanted to play college ball in Raleigh for the Wolfpack.

"It set up perfectly for me," said Smith. "They came to see me yesterday, and after thinking about it I knew that I didn't want to prolong it any longer. I was ready to commit to State."

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried made headlines yesterday when he used a private helicopter to land in Fayetteville (NC) for his visit with Smith, and folks wondered how much that could factor in Smith's decision. Did it play a role?

"The biggest factor was how much they wanted me," said Smith. "They were the first school to come see me for my visits yesterday, and coach Gottfried was also at every game he could be at this summer. That means a lot. I knew he trusted me and was going all out for me."

Smith added that he finalized his decision with his family prior to notifying the coaching staff.

"Most of my family are State fans, but they were going to support whatever I decided to do," he said. "They were behind me 100%, and they love the school."

How did Gottfried and the staff react to Smith's surprising commitment?

"They were excited about it," he said. "I talked to them before doing it and I don't think they thought I was going to commit because they knew I had an in-home planned with UNC on Sunday.

"When I did they were real happy. That call went good for all of us."

Smith is currently rehabbing from knee surgery and hasn't been able to take many visits, but he said he will be in Raleigh for the Wolfpack's home football game against Louisville.

He admits that he's glad to have the decision behind him.

"I'm pumped up about it," he said. "I'm real excited to have it over with. It was a lengthy process, and I think I made the best decision for me."

Smith says he will now start making phone calls for the Wolfpack. In fact, his first call is going to be to AAU teammate, and Wolfpack target, Edrice Adebayo.

"That's the first person I'll talk to as far as joining me at NC State," Smith said, laughing. "We are real close, and I've wanted to play with him in college."

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