Smith to NC State

The Gavin Smith saga appears to be over, as the NC State admissions committee accepted the defensive tackle from Raleigh (NC) Wakefield High School.

The Gavin Smith saga appears to be over, as the NC State admissions committee accepted the defensive tackle from Raleigh (NC) Wakefield High School.

"Gavin met with the admissions committee today, and we just got a text from the coaches letting us know that he's been accepted at State," said Smith's mother. "He called me and told me he's going to be a Wolfpacker, so that's very good news."

"I'm excited about it," said Smith. "I was worried for a little bit, but I got a phone call today saying that I got in. I've been at the Murphy Center meeting with coach Stroud, and I'm ready to go. I've got to go sign my lease over at the College Inn today, and I move in tomorrow."

Gavin and his mother had packed up and left their North Carolina residence after he committed to UVA earlier in the year.

"I'm still [in Charlottesville], but Gavin spent about a week here and left," she said. "He said he didn't want to be up here. I'm just going to wait up here until after the State-Virginia game, and then we're moving back. Gavin hasn't had an actual home for a while. He's just been sleeping at different homes back in Raleigh.

"He went to a practice at Wakefield today. Since he just finished that summer school course we have to make sure the NCAA accepts his transcripts, but that shouldn't be a problem. The coaches were really hoping this would be able to happen and now everything looks good to go."

Because Smith still has to receive official word from the NCAA that he is set to play in the fall, he might not be at the first day of practiced scheduled for this Saturday.

"I'm ready to be around the team," said Smith. "I'm ready to play for the Wolfpack. I still have to get cleared by the NCAA, but that should happen over the next few days because I took that summer school course I needed to take."

Smith stated that he has been recruited to play defensive tackle by NC State assistant coach Todd Stroud. Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, he believes that he may be able to play as a true freshman for the Wolfpack.

"I'm playing defensive tackle," he said. "From what I've heard about their depth, I don't think I'm getting redshirted. To be honest with you I haven't looked at all the facts about it, but it doesn't matter to me if I redshirt or not."

Smith is just happy to have his recruitment behind him as it appears he will be suiting up for NC State this fall. Shortly after hearing of the news, his mother contacted his ex-high school football coach, Steve Rivers, to inform him. Rivers, the father of former NC State great Philip Rivers, is no longer the head coach at Wakefield, as he has moved back to Alabama.

"Actually I called coach Rivers as soon as I found out," she said. "He was so happy. He told me that he always wanted Gavin to wear the Red and White, but he knew Gavin had to make the best decision for him. Now that he's going to be a Wolfpacker, coach Rivers said he couldn't be happier. He said he was going to call Philip and let him know the news."

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

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