Jay Smith Makes His Choice

NORFOLK, VA -- Four-star wide receiver Jay Smith announced this evening that he will play college football at NC State University.

NC State secured a commitment yesterday from Chatham (VA) Hargrave defender Jimmaul Simmons, and today the Wolfpack landed its biggest commitment thus far, as wide receiver Jay Smith announced his decision to attend NC State at a press conference held at Lake Taylor High School.

Smith has garnered nearly 35 Division I-A written offers, but he recently narrowed the list to North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Miami, and Tennessee before selecting the Wolfpack.

Smith entered the spring evaluation period with nearly 20 offers, as his father, Mordecai Smith, had already sent junior film to colleges along the east coast. However, his recruitment exploded after Smith earned MVP honors at the Scout.com All-American Combine held in Durham, North Carolina in late March.

Smith ran a blistering 4.47 on a slow track, one of the fastest times at the combine, and he also dominated in one-on-one drills proving to be the best overall player at the event. This combine, which featured elite prospects such as Tyrod Taylor, Peter Lalich, Mark Barnes, Greg Little, Dwight Jones, Gary Gray, and Ryan Houston, was the coming out party for Smith.

Jay Smith
"Jay Smith was a known commodity going into the Scout.com Combine, but nobody knew just how much of a prospect he was," said Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit. "Coming out of the event, it is pretty obvious that the MVP has the talent to back up his highlight tapes. While he did not have many catches last season, he did not show a lack of experience catching the ball.

"He made great moves with his routes, created separation, caught everything thrown his way, and all that followed up some impressive times during the combine testing portion of the day."

Scout.com has rated Smith the No. 23 wide receiver in the country and a four-star prospect, and he is also regarded as the No. 4 player in the state of Virginia.

"Smith has all the tools to be a very good receiver at the next level, he has the frame, strength, speed, route running, hands, and blocking skills that every coach yearns for," said Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels. "He has a knack for making the tough catch, if it's thrown in his area he is getting it. Smith is also very good in the open field at making defenders miss and getting yards after the catch."

After playing at Kemspville High School during his junior season, Smith transferred to Lake Taylor where this week they will play in the second round of the state playoffs.

With his recruitment out the way, Smith will now focus on the rest of his senior season and completing his coursework.

Landing Jay Smith is huge for NC State. He was arguably the highest-rated prospect left on the Wolfpack's recruiting board, and he has long been considered an NC State lean. Smith and fellow commitment Steven Howard gives the Wolfpack two quality incoming wide receiver recruits, and they will likely be joined by Owen Spencer and LaMarcus Bond.

Pack Pride will have more on Smith's decision in the near future so stay tuned!

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