Prior to the coaching change at NC State, linebacker Toronto Smith from Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Fla was a prospect that the Pack had kept a relatively close eye on. The two-star ‘backer according to Scout.com is now hoping the new regime in Raleigh will continue their interest in his services.
Although undersized at 5-11, 195 pounds, Smith had an extremely productive senior season for Rickards. He used his 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash to help tally an eye-popping 194 tackles, including six sacks and 13 tackles for loss. That production helped him earn all-Big Bend and all-conference honors for his work in 2006.
Smith was previously scheduled to make an official visit to NC State back on Dec 1st. However, that was obviously canceled with the coaching change in Raleigh. Smith told Pack Pride that he recently received information that may indicate some renewed interest on the Wolfpack's part.
"The last time I talked to anyone from NC State was back in late November or early December," said Smith. "But then I got a letter in the last week saying that they wanted to come down and have a meeting with me.
"I really like that NC State isn't all that far from home. I've always liked the way their defense plays so I just need to see if they're going to show more interest."
Smith was previously recruited by former OL coach Pat Meyer. It remains to be seen which Wolfpack assistant will take over the responsibilities for recruiting Smith this time around.
In the time being, Smith has been talking to a couple of other programs about potential future visits.
"I'm hearing a lot from Florida International and Middle Tennessee State," said Smith. "Those are the main two showing interest in me right now."
Smith told Pack Pride previously a couple of the factors that are important to him in his college decision.
"Playing time is the main thing," he said. "I really want to be able to get on the field. I'm also looking at the academics. I'm planning on majoring in Business."