Dylan Smith wasn't heavily recruited as a senior at Hoover (AL) High School. In fact, he only had one scholarship offer, as it came from the UNC Asheville Bulldogs.
"For that, I'm grateful," said Smith. "I wish UNC Asheville nothing but the best."
Smith was a surprise this season for the Bulldogs, as he led the team in scoring (13.5 points per game) and three-pointers made (81) as a true freshman. The 6-foot-5 guard is comfortable with the ball in his hands, either creating for others or knocking down shots.
"I can shoot and handle," he said. "I can score and facilitate, and I think I'm a good defender too with my length and athleticism."
Recently he made the decision to transfer out of the UNC Asheville program.
"I wanted the opportunity to play at the highest level," said Smith. "I talked with my parents about it and we felt that it would be best to part ways. Honestly, I've been surprised by all the interest. It's been a little overwhelming... I didn't have to handle it in high school [laughing]."
According to Smith, he has already picked up offers from Arizona, NC State, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Oregon, TCU, Butler, Clemson, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State, among others. Virginia Tech was the first school to reach out and that led to the Hokies receiving his first official visit this past weekend.
"Virginia Tech was great," said Smith. "I had a lot of fun on the visit. They definitely put a lot of pressure on the other schools, but I'm still wide open."
The plan is to visit Arizona on Tuesday, and he said Monday night that he is scheduled to visit NC State on Friday. He's also looking to potentially visit Clemson and Texas A&M.
The interest in NC State began due to a connection between Smith and Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried.
"One of my mentors is Kennedy Winston, and he played for coach Gottfried at Alabama," said Smith. "[Winston] let coach Gottfried know about me, and he's been telling me how much he liked playing for coach Gottfried.
"So I spoke with coach Gottfried and he seemed like a nice guy... real honest. He basically told me that I have an offer from them and he can't promise me anything but if I'd have a chance to play right away if I went there. He and coach Schroyer have been saying they want me to come in and develop my body, get stronger the year I'd be sitting out so I could be ready to help them win right away. They said they like that I already have college experience and will be ready to play."
"I like NC State a lot," he added. "They play in the ACC and that's the power conference right now."
While Smith doesn't have a timeframe for making a decision, he knows what he'll be looking for in a school.
"I'm trying to find the best fit," he said. "That's why I'm taking the visits, so I can figure out where I'm going to finish my college career. I waited a little late to decide on transferring so I'm behind a little bit, but I'm looking for a place where I can connect with the coaching staff and players.
"I plan on taking all my visits, but really I'm taking it day-by-day. If I go on a visit and feel that's the best place for me I could end it right there."