When a player from Florida takes an unofficial visit during the regular season to a school as far away as NC State that can be taken as a sign that he really likes the school. There usually isn't the time for something like that and more common is an official visit.
But Jacksonville (FL) athlete Derrick Smith did take an unofficial visit to State when the Wolfpack hosted Old Dominion's football team during the third weekend of the college football season.
Smith (6-2, 190) has been a target of the NC State coaches for a very long time. He has been recruited by State and different schools since he was a freshman in high school. The Trinity Christian receiver/safety said he had a nice time in Raleigh last weekend.
"I liked it a lot. The facilities and the players also. I talked to number eight (Dravious Wright). I think he played linebacker. I talked to Kendall Brown too. He played on my football team last year."
The friendly face helped Smith feel a little more at ease on his visit but he isn't a stranger to NC State anyways.
"I've been there before. I had been there over the summer but it wasn't really like this time. I thought the atmosphere at the game was really good. I enjoyed talking to really all of the coaches. They've been talking to me a lot. I think the main one I talk to is the DB coach. But I talked to all of them while I was up there."
Last summer Smith said Miami and USC were his favorite,s but he did say that NC State was one of five schools that he liked the most outside of those two favorites.
Smith does not have any catches as a receiver for Trinity Christian through four games in 2016. He does have 17 tackles on defense.
Smith transferred to Trinity Christian from Orange Park (FL) Fleming Island before the 2015 season.