Smith Visits UNC Looking for an Offer

When Greg Little returned to Chapel Hill Saturday for another visit, he was accompanied by his Durham (N.C.) Hillside teammate Jonathan Smith, who is also being heavily recruited by the Tar Heels.

"I just went there to see those guys play [in practice], and talk to the coaches," Smith said.

The majority of Smith's visit was spent with linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen.

"I was talking to Coach Thigpen most of the time," said Smith. "I went to the linebacker meeting, had a chance to sit in and see how they work things."

With verbal commitments from two potential linebackers -- Albert Craddock and Justin Curry -- it seems unlikely Smith will receive a UNC scholarship offer as a linebacker, but he could fit in at a different spot.

"They said all there linebacker positions are full, but they have an athlete spot open," said Smith. "[Thigpen] said he's going to talk to the coaches about me being a candidate for the athlete spot."

The lack of any official scholarship offers has Smith completely open to all schools, but he definitely sees plenty of positives in North Carolina.

"I really like the campus, I like the coaches, but I'm interested in all schools," said Smith.

Smith participated in's All-American Combine last Sunday where after measuring in at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, he was clocked at 4.72 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 4.36 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle, and 7.37 seconds in the L-cone drill. He also vertically jumped 37 inches and broad jumped 8'11".

As a junior, Smith recorded 95 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, and four sacks.

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