Smith Updates His Status

Defensive tackle Gavin Smith's saga is being followed closely by Wolfpack fans and coaches alike. The Class of 2006 prospect spoke with Pack Pride about the latest on his recruitment.

Defensive tackle Gavin Smith's saga is being followed closely by Wolfpack fans and coaches alike. The Class of 2006 prospect spoke with PackPride about the latest on his recruitment.

Late last month the 6-4, 270-pound product hailing from Raleigh (NC) Wakefield High School announced that he would not be attending the University of Virginia and would try to join NC State's football program in the fall. As most know by now, the situation remains tricky.

"I just found out today that apparently I'm still enrolled at Virginia," said Smith, who was told recently by the Virginia coaching staff that he would have to attend prep school for a year in order to join the Cavaliers. "I have to make sure the right people know I'm not going to be there."

Smith was told he would have to prep for a year because he had not graduated yet due to unique circumstances during his senior season. So what are Smith's plans now?

"I just finished the class I had to take and I got a ‘B' in it," he said. "I should be qualified to play in the fall. I just have to make sure I'm able to play at State. On August 3rd I'm meeting with an academic committee at NC State and I'll know a lot more after that. My graduation will be held August 8th."

If the academic committee at NC State clears Smith to play and the coaching staff welcomes him back, Smith will enroll at NC State in the fall.

"I've talked to the coaching staff and they really hope everything works out. I've done what I need to do to be able to play in the fall, I just have to get past this next step."

Smith originally inked with Virginia over offers from NC State, South Carolina, Duke and East Carolina.

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