“It felt like I knew the place the second time,” the 6-foot, 181-pound safety from Columbus (Ga.) Carver said.
Along with his mother, teammate Jawon Pass, and assistant coach Jody Hill, Smith’s Chapel Hill stay spanned four days and included the junior day that was held in conjunction with the UNC-Duke basketball game. To recuperate from the long drive, Smith spent the first night in his hotel room. But the following day, he and his entourage ventured over to the Kenan Football Center. There, Smith spent a great deal of time with primary recruiter Chris Kapilovic and was introduced to UNC’s new defensive staff, including coordinator Gene Chizik and defensive backs coach Charlton Warren.
“They were telling me about the defense and what position I was going to play when I get there,” Smith said. “They see me playing free safety, but they want me to be the most physical one on the field.
“[Chizik and Warren] are some good coaches. They know what they’re talking about. Coach Chizik, he coached Cam Newton, so I know he’s going to be a good coach for me.”
Smith also had a one-on-one meeting with Larry Fedora.
“He talked about life and not just football,” Smith said. “He’s like a father figure.”
After spending time with the coaches, Smith and company received a full campus tour.
That Saturday, Smith attended UNC’s Junior Day, which had several unique activities planned for those in attendance.
“What really stood out was when they called us out by name onto the Carolina Blue carpet,” Smith said. “It was like a draft how they were introducing us. They called me ‘Georgia Boss.’”
Later that night, Smith attended the UNC-Duke basketball game.
“It was packed,” Smith said. “It was live. They’re some diehard fans.”
Pass, Smith’s teammate and close friend, is a four-star quarterback who is high on UNC’s recruiting board. Smith says UNC’s chances appear “good” with Pass.
“It could go either way,” Smith said.
In its pursuit of Pass, UNC has an unmatched advantage – Smith. Smith says he’s been actively recruiting his classmate.
“I tell him he needs to come on and quit playing,” Smith said. “Most definitely [I’m going to be successful].”
Since committing to UNC last November, Smith has picked up scholarship offers from Louisville, LSU, Nebraska, UCLA, and Wake Forest.
“That LSU offer is big,” Smith said. “But I’m firm with Carolina.”
With that said, Smith says he’s going to try to visit LSU in the near future. He does, though, have a trip scheduled to Alabama in a couple of weeks. During the summer, he plans to camp at Indiana and a few to-be-determined schools. He’s slated to return to UNC for Fedora’s Freak Show.
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