Kemon Smith was committed to SMU until the first part of this month. Then he re-opened his recruitment. It might not be wise to read too much into the timing of Smith's decommitment but NC State had offered a week before.
Smith (6-2, 280) has been stockpiling offers for a long time before his decommitment from SMU and even before his offer from NC State. There was the Kansas offer in March, the Houston offer not long after that, and the Sun Belt Conference offers sprinkled in between and since.
Coaches have been impressed with the look of Smith when they have come by to visit his school. They have also been impressed with his junior year film that captures his 51 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and five sacks.
"I just got one from Troy and I just got one from North Carolina State earlier last week," the Slidell (LA) resident said.
The NC State offer came after a Twitter follow by Wolfpack running back's coach Des Kitchings. From there the Wolfpack coach sent a direct message to Smith and that sparked a conversation. Things moved quickly. Kitchings asked Smith to give him a call the day after he first reached out.
"He told me that he wants to offer me. He said they usually don't recruit guys in Louisiana and then he said it would be nice to get some of that southern or Louisiana talent on their team. He said they have four guys probably leaving for the NFL after next year so he wants me to help them start fresh."
For a player from Louisiana Smith sure seems to know a good amount about NC State. Some of that is due to research in the past 10 days since the Wolfpack's offer but he had also caught a glimpse of what the program is about last year before he knew they would be interested.
"That offer made a good impression. I know a little bit about NC State. I've watched their front four play and even their front seven. I thought they were real good. I feel like they have one of the best d-lines in the country. They played good against Clemson, Notre Dame, and a lot of good offenses. So I was excited about the offer. They're one of my top schools probably as of right now."
Smith said he has not started to think about the schools he wants to visit this summer or during official visit season.
When Smith committed to SMU in early March he became the first player to commit to the Mustangs from outside Texas since Chad Scott became that program's head coach.