UNC Meeting Smith's Expectations

UNC commitment Javontay Smith's most recent visit to Chapel Hill included on-field instruction, off-field meetings and walks through campus.

As part of a group from Columbus (Ga.) Carver, longtime North Carolina pledge Javontay Smith returned to Chapel Hill about a month ago. Although he participated in one of UNC’s final one-day camps, the highlight of the three-day stay was walking freely around campus.

“It was everything I expected,” Smith said. “I love it – no doubt. It’s my school.”

Although a minor hamstring tweak kept Smith from participating in the timing and agility portions of the June 17 camp, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety was a full participant throughout individual position and one-on-one drills. That provided the opportunity for Smith to be coached up by his future coach, Charlton Warren.

“He’s a good coach,” Smith said. “He knows what he’s talking about.”

On several occasions, Smith was pulled aside by Warren and Gene Chizik for one-on-one instruction.

“They were giving me tips about my technique with playing the position.”

Smith’s stay also included, what he estimated, was a two- to three-hour meeting with Larry Fedora.

“He was talking about family, education – it really wasn’t about football,” Smith said. “It was about life.”
Smith also had meetings with Gene Chizik and Charlton Warren that mimicked Fedora’s message, only they sprinkled in football talk.

“They said they want to play me inside the box,” Smith said.

Chris Kapilovic is Smith’s primary recruiter (and secured Smith’s commitment). Although he was always around Smith and the Columbus Carver crew, Kapilovic gave Smith space to get to know the defensive members of the staff.

“It’s not like a coach relationship,” Smith said. “It’s a relationship like he’s going to take care of me. He told me he’s going to take care of me and I believe him.”

In addition to UNC, Smith camped at Louisville and Tennessee. He’s also supposed to visit Alabama in some capacity before the summer is over.

“To be honest, I’m still solid [to UNC], but with the situation with the other quarterback [Chazz Surratt] committing and now they’re full,” Smith said. “You know I wanted Jawon [Pass] to play with me. It’s not hurting my relationship with North Carolina – it just would have been the place where we could [play] together.”

With that said, Smith plans to take all of his official visits.

Smith anticipates returning to UNC sometime this coming season.

“I believe I want to make the [UNC]-Duke game,” Smith said. “It was a good game last year.”

The Tar Heels host Duke on Nov. 7 during Homecoming weekend.

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