Still Committed to State?

Back in late July, N.C. State got a jump start on their 2006 recruiting class with an early verbal commitment from Gavin Smith of Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield.

Back in late July, N.C. State got a jump start on their 2006 recruiting class with an early verbal commitment from Gavin Smith of Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield.

Smith has alarmed some Wolfpack faithful by attending ACC rival North Carolina's Junior Day and a summer camping schedule that includes trips to Ohio State and UNC. However, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman is sticking by his pledge.

"I'm still strong with my commitment, but I'm keeping my options open," stated Smith. "I mean things can change if something happens with the coaching staff. The reality is there are a lot of variables that could change.

"That's where I want to go right now. If things stay the same with coaching and everything, that's where I'll be."

Smith, who has an offer sheet that includes both Duke and NCSU, admits he won't be star-stuck by tenders from any of the nation's big time programs and doesn't think any of the local schools have what it takes to steal him away from the Pack.

"The big time schools wouldn't really change anything," remarked Smith. "Because one of my big things is playing time – I want to get in as soon as I can – odds of that are slimmer at a big time school.

"The schools closer to home probably won't change my opinion because I think N.C. State has one of the nicest programs around. I know they didn't do well last year, but facility-wise, and I like the coaches a lot."

Smith is being recruited to play offensive tackle, but at the high school level is a dominating defensive tackle. Last season he recorded 70 tackles, and forced three fumbles. Additionally, Smith was the 4-A State runner-up in wrestling posting a 46-5 record.


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