Fla ATH Sets Official Visit

North Carolina has offered Sam Smiley a scholarship and scheduled an official visit with the 6-foot, 170-pound athlete from Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines.

"I think [the official visit] is the 7th of January," Smiley said. "Probably like a week ago, [UNC] offered me."

Middle Tennessee, Purdue, Syracuse, Troy, and Vanderbilt have also offered Smiley.

Smiley has taken one official visit already – Purdue a couple of weekends back.

"It went well," Smiley said. "I liked their academic program [and] I love their coaches."

Besides UNC, Smiley has upcoming official trips scheduled with Syracuse (the weekend of Jan. 17) and MTSU (the weekend of Jan. 24).

"I'm going to only end up taking four [official visits]," Smiley said. "I'm focused on those [four] schools right now."

Smiley, who doesn't have a favorite among the four aforementioned schools, plans to wait until Signing Day to announce his collegiate destination.

"I'm looking to play early, and [for] a good academic program and academic [support]," Smiley said.

Smiley first began hearing from UNC in early November.

"They just called me because one of my [former] receiver goes there – Sean Tapley," Smiley said. "He told them about me and they'd seen my tape. And then they came to one of my games. They liked my athleticism as a DB and they said they'll take me to the next level."

UNC is recruiting Smiley as defensive back with a focus on cornerback.

Smiley has started at quarterback for Raines the past two seasons. He ended his senior season with a 9-3 record, 2,000 yards and 13 touchdowns passing, and 16 rushing touchdowns.

"I think it's going to be easy [to transition to defensive back], because I'm athletic," Smiley said.

Troy Douglas has been Smiley's primary contact at UNC.

"We used to talk almost every day until the Dead Period," Smiley said. "We talk about how the school is [and] how they want me."

Douglas has also discussed how Smiley fits into UNC's plans, considering the Tar Heels have five defensive backs verbally committed.

"They have some seniors and junior ready to leave," Smiley said. "They need some corners to reload on. They said they need some ballers for special teams, too."

UNC is also recruiting Smiley's teammate Chris Jones. Smiley says that he and Jones are "trying to" play college football together.

"We tried [to officially visit UNC the same weekend], but it didn't work out I think because of his schedule," Smiley said.

UNC is the only school that has offered both Smiley and Jones.

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