Signee Update: Jonathan Smith

Since the conclusion of his senior football season, Jonathan Smith has had his focus on one thing – early playing time at North Carolina.

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  • "I've just been working out," said Smith. "I'm trying to maintain speed, but put on weight before I get on campus. I've been doing some speed training a lot."

    Smith, an athlete from Durham (N.C.) Hillside, has been able to add five pounds to his 6-foot-3 frame. Currently weighing in at 210 pounds, he is aiming to be in the 215-220 range before he arrives on campus on June 18th.

    Smith decided not to participate in sports for the winter and spring seasons. Instead, he's been working out with his head coach, Ray Harrison, with training equipment.

    Additionally, Smith partakes in seven-on-seven drills with his former teammates including Tulsa-bound Michael Johnson and fellow UNC signee Greg Little.

    Smith has been a regular on the Chapel Hill campus since signing with North Carolina in February. He has already established a strong bond with Chuck Pagano, UNC's defensive back coach. Pagano expects Smith to jump in at strong safety.

    "As of know, they said I can come in and pretty much get on the field," said Smith.

    Despite UNC's depth at safety, Smith has his goals set high for his freshman season.

    "As far as North Carolina's concerned, I want to start," said Smith. "As far as me playing, I want to be All-ACC."

    Smith, who is fully academically qualified, will be wearing jersey No. 28 at UNC.

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