Pack Evaluating In-State Sack Artist

Pack Pride talks with Mount Ulla (NC) West Rowan standout Chris Smith, one of the top defensive ends in the state.

Defensive end Chris Smith hasn't received the accolades that some of the other junior prospects at his position have received thus far.

That said, few can boast of having matched his production from this past fall, when the 6-1, 217-pounder tallied sack after sack en route to one of the most dominating seasons for any player in the nation. When all was said and done, Smith had tallied a state-leading 30 sacks while helping lead West Rowan to a state title.

Smith now holds a written offer from East Carolina and a verbal offer (contingent on his academic performance) from the University of Virginia.

"My top four, or whatever you want to call it, would probably be Clemson, East Carolina, Georgia and (North) Carolina," Smith told Pack Pride. "I'm still looking at other schools, though. I just want to go to some school that's going to show me the love and make me feel like I'm at home."

Up to now, NC State has had Smith on their radar so would they have a realistic shot to beat out some of those schools if they turn up the heat?

"I've mostly been getting letters of interest from (NC) State," he said. "We visited up there a month or so ago so. It was beautiful. It was the most beautiful place I've been so far.

"They've got a lot of new stuff, like the football center and things of that nature. We didn't get to stay for too long, though."

Smith recently took a trip to a power from the Southeastern Conference, and seemed to enjoy that visit as well.

"The last place I went to was Georgia. It went real well. I saw a practice and I really liked the intensity. I love their staff. They're fired up about winning.

"I got to go around and see some parts of the school. I liked how they talked about academics and the number of players that graduate."

Smith said he does not have many future plans with regard to visits or camps.

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