Visit Confirms Smith's Decision

Andre Smith committed to North Carolina a couple of weeks ago sight unseen. The 2015 Tar Heel pledge received the full view of the school over the weekend.

"It made me feel like I made a very smart decision," Smith said. "It was a very good decision. It was everything that I hoped it was and more. It was a very good visit."

Despite those feelings, Smith, a 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy, hasn't completely closed the door on his recruitment. That door is no longer wide open, but it remains cracked.

"I'm going to talk it over with my parents," Smith said. "We may visit Georgia Tech."

Georgia Tech is the most recent school to offer Smith.

Smith traveled to UNC on Friday with teammate and Tar Heel target Ben Edwards.

"I'm influencing him, but I'm not going to pressure him or anything," Smith said. "I just want him to make his own decision and not put any type of peer pressure on him. I want him to be comfortable wherever he chooses."

Saturday morning, Smith received a full tour of UNC. Later that night, he and his family had dinner on Franklin Street.

"Oh man, the campus is gorgeous," Smith said. "It's just such a natural feeling like something out of a movie. It really is like a college you'd see in a movie. It was kind of cold, but I can get over that. But the campus was nice, everything was in a close range, and Franklin Street is right there on the edge of campus and everything is right there – restaurants and places to hang out to have a good time. And I heard that on Halloween Franklin Street is real live."

Between his campus views, Smith watched UNC dismantle Boston College, 34-10.

"I watched the defense [and] I watched the linebackers," Smith said. "No. 9, Travis Hughes, I watched how he played and how physical he was. And I like how they run [the defense] with two ‘backers in the box and how they rotate them a lot. I liked how they moved the defensive line around and change up the gap responsibilities."

It hasn't been specified to Smith whether he'd play the Will or the Mike within UNC's 4-2-5 defense.

"It doesn't matter to me," Smith said. "I could play either one. I can fill the gaps, I can cover, I can rush off the edge."

Besides dissecting UNC's defensive scheme, Smith soaked in Kenan Stadium's game day atmosphere.

"Coach [Dan] Disch told us the atmosphere wasn't going to be crazy like the Miami game," Smith said. "He told us the previous three games were crazy and sold out. But it wasn't bad – it wasn't terrible. I can dig it." Smith met individually with Disch a couple hours before UNC hosted Boston College.

"Coach Disch and I, we talked about the Florida boys," Smith said. "He talked about some teams and recruits in Jacksonville. We talked about building the program. And we talked about just having a good time so that my first visit was going to be memorable."

Speaking of Florida boys, Smith was introduced to most of the players on UNC's roster from the Sunshine State, namely Tre Boston and Sam Smiley.

"I know there are people there that know what it will be like to adapt to coming to North Carolina from Florida," Smith said. "They'll be able to help me in college."

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