When the ink dried on NC State's class of 2007, WR Jay Smith from Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Va came away as the most highly regarded signee of the bunch according to Scout.com. The four-star wide receiver selected the Pack over offers from Miami, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Tennessee and others and is now counting down the days until his arrival in Raleigh.
After inking with the Pack back in February, the next order of business for Smith was to get his academics in order. The senior wideout told Pack Pride this week that he's now ready to go.
"I studied in a SAT prep class and that helped me get my score up," said Smith. "State sent me a letter letting me know I was accepted and they wanted me to go ahead and start picking my courses."
Having been accepted into State, Smith has been hard at work over the last several weeks in preparation for his arrival in Raleigh on August 4th. He's continued to work hard at getting faster and stronger.
"I've been running track and lifting weights every day," said Smith. "I'm up to 6-3, 206 pounds and I'm trying to keep my speed up. I ran a 4.4 (seconds in the 40-yard dash) at school but I'd like to get it even faster."
Even though he was generally regarded as NC State most highly-rated prospect in the class of 2007, Smith said he feels no pressure to have to come in and prove that ranking from day one. He has taken a very mature approach and hopes to help in any way he can.
"I would certainly like to come in and make an impact," said Smith. "I want to go in and do my best and let the coaches see me and get a feel for what I can do. If I can benefit the team then I'll go out and play. But if the coaches feel like I need more time before I'm ready then I don't have a problem redshirting."
With recruiting now just a memory, Smith didn't mind recounting his senior season and the ups and downs of recruiting. As it turns out, he knew NC State was where he planned to attend all along.
"Coach Bible and coach Willis came and saw me (after coach Amato was fired) and they were two great guys," said Smith. Coach Willis actually remembered me from Kempsville when he was still coaching at Boston College. Me and coach O'Brien and coach Willis and coach Bible all just had a great chemistry.
"I had been going to NC State's camps since sixth grade so it was always pretty much a done deal that I was going to State. But then, other offers from big-time schools start coming in and you enjoy the opportunity of getting those offers. But in the back of my mind I always knew I'd be going to NC State. It was funny how it worked out because State, Miami, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Tennessee were always my top schools. But when I met the new coaches that came to State, I knew I had made the right decision."