Smith Has Decision Timeframe

A recent visit helped clear up some questions for Jonathan Smith. He'll return to Chapel Hill for Fedora's Freak Show.

After months of ambiguity, Jonathan Smith now has a timeframe for a verbal commitment.

“I want to make a decision before the season starts,” Smith said.

In another reversal, Smith no longer claims a list of favorite schools. A month ago, the 6-foot, 229-pound linebacker from Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County considered Duke, Georgia Tech, Michigan, and North Carolina his top four.

Between now and the football season, Smith will continue visiting schools. His next trip will be to UNC for Fedora’s Freak Show.

“I don’t know what to expect,” Smith said. “I just want to have fun.”

Smith last visited Chapel Hill nearly two weeks ago. The visit was a make-up for a trip in early May, which was postponed in favor of attending the Nike Opening Regional. Thus, the primary purpose of the visit was to get his mother on campus for the first time.

“She really liked Carolina,” Smith said. “She came out of there with a different perspective about Carolina and she said she was really impressed.”

Similarly, Smith says the visit has caused his interest in UNC to increase.

“I felt more comfortable leaving Carolina,” Smith said.

The primary cause for Smith’s comfort: a meeting with Bubba Cunningham.

“He was just explaining to me about the accusations and the stuff that Carolina was being accused of,” Smith said.

After speaking with Cunningham, Smith says he “feels pretty good about” UNC’s Notice of Allegations.

Smith’s stay also included sitting down with defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and linebackers coach John Papuchis.

“We talked football and talked my future with Carolina,” Smith said.

A week ago, Smith made a similar visit to Duke.

“It went pretty good,” Smith said. “I had a lot of fun up there. I had a lot of fun with the coaches – laughing and talking with them about football and my future with Duke.”

After attending Fedora’s Freak Show, Smith will look to return to Duke, and also setup trips Georgia Tech and Michigan.

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