"He didn't make it to Virginia Tech," Jay's father, Mordecai, said. "He felt bad, but his brother is a cornerback and a quarterback for the junior varsity squad and he wanted to support him at his game on Saturday. The JV game is usually on a Thursday, but it was postponed until Saturday. Jay told me he wanted to go to Virginia Tech, but Matthew has supported him so he wanted to be there for him. And he said Virginia Tech has other games this year. Plus, I think he was tired. He told me he was mentally fatigued. He had a lot of work to do this week."
Smith does plan on making an unofficial visit to N.C. State this week for the Thursday night game versus Florida State.
"We plan on being there," Mordecai said. "We're going to go up and come right back."
In our previous conversation, Mordecai indicated that his son may want to make a verbal commitment sometime very soon. That may not be the case right now, however a commitment on his birthday (October 26th) certainly could still take place.
"He was close at one point, but the last time Jay talked to me he told me he wasn't stressed out about it," Mordecai said. "I think he's narrowed it down to three or four that he knows are win-win situations. I think he may know where he wants to go, but I think he wants to look at some things to make sure. I know there is a lot of talk about coaching instability at some of the schools he's looking at, but I don't think that bothers him. I think he wants to look at the entire program."
Three ACC schools and one SEC school make up the four schools on top.
"Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Tennessee and Miami," Mordecai said. "I think any of the four would be win-win. We're waiting for Jay to tell us what he thinks would be the best fit for him, for him to tell us what he really thinks. It's time for him to make the decision that he feels is best for him."
Mordecai says it is possible that Jay gets in visits to all four schools before the end of Lake Taylor's season. The only school that may have to get a visit after the season is Miami, which could take place in November.
"He may hold off on a decision until after then," Mordecai said.
Lake Taylor is 4-1 on the year. Smith may not be racking up the receiving stats, but he is enjoying his senior season none-the-less.
"I think he's having a fun year," Mordecai said of his son. "He's not worried about the statistics. He's feeling good and having fun. He does what he wants to out there. He can easily get open and he's doing a good job blocking. He just wants to help his team win however he can."
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