"I went to NC State this weekend," said Smith. "It was exciting because they were having their Spring Game. I came up with my dad and my brother met us there. He goes to Shaw University which is right around the corner from NC State so it was easy for him to meet up with us."
NC State's coaching staff impressed Smith.
"I like a lot about them," he said. "Coach 'Mac' is real cool. He used to be around Dublin a lot so I'm used to him. Coach Archer is real cool, and I think coach O'Brien is a good guy. The thing with NC State is I have a brother at Shaw, a teammate already at NC State, and a cousin at Gardner-Webb so I have a lot of people in that area that would be close to me.
"I liked this visit because I got to see their fans, and I watched a former high school teammate play in Thomas Barnes. He did real good in the game... I think he had about 10 tackles."
Thomas Barnes is a rising sophomore linebacker for the Wolfpack who played as a reserve during his true freshman season. As a senior, Barnes helped lead Dublin to its first state title in 43 years with a record of 14-0-1 in Class AA and was named a first-team All-State selection and the Class AA Defensive Player of the Year.
"I spoke with [Barnes] before and after the game," said Smith. "He was telling me how much he liked it there and that I needed to get down there because then he could have someone else from back home there playing with him."
Smith is a talented prospect as well. As a junior, he doubled at cornerback and quarterback for Dublin. On offense he tallied better than 2,500 all-purpose yards while collecting 59 tackles and nine picks on defense. He was named middle Georgia player of the year, 4-AA player of the year, Atlanta Journal Constitution all-state and the 2A state defensive player of the year.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder holds scholarship offers from NC State, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest, and he's receiving heavy interest from Florida State, Auburn, and Alabama. He is being recruited exclusively as a cornerback.
"I would say NC State, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Auburn, and Alabama is my top five," said Smith. "They all have great football histories, good atmospheres, and they all have good coaches. I want to major in Accounting and they all offer that too. They all have a lot going for them.
"At this moment, they are all equal. I have high interest in all of them. I don't have the dates, but I'm supposed to visit Florida State, Vanderbilt, and Auburn real soon."
Smith stated that he is scheduled to attend NC State's camp on June 20th and that is the only camp he has set.
When will he be looking to make a decision?
"It's going to probably be in the middle of the basketball season," said Smith. "It's going to be after my football season for sure though."