Smith Visits UNC

Accompanied by his mother, Cincinnati pledge Alex Smith visited North Carolina earlier this month.

"I'm taking a real serious look at UNC, just because I liked it a lot there, I can definitely see myself playing there, and I love Coach ‘Mo' [Allen Mogridge]," Smith said. "I've changed my whole [senior year] schedule around just in case I wanted to play in the ACC, because there's a few more classes I needed to take [to be academically eligible to play in the ACC]. I switched my classes around because I know [UNC] will be a top three choice."

Smith, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end from West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West, verbally committed to Cincinnati in February. In early June, though, he backed off his pledge somewhat.

"I've moved it down to, pretty much, a soft verbal," Smith said of his verbal commitment to Cincinnati. "That's how that went, because of their whole tight end coach situation there and the whole situation that I wanted to look around [and] make sure it's right for me and pick out a few schools to look at."

Ideally, Smith would like to have the recruiting process of out the way before the start of his senior football season. However, he says he'll take his recruitment into the season and take official visits, if needed.

In addition to Cincinnati and UNC, Smith says he is strongly considering Miami, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin.

Smith's UNC visit began early on a Friday morning with a full tour of the campus, including an in-depth look at the football facilities.

"The campus is beautiful," Smith said. "My mom and I both just loved Chapel Hill. It was crazy nice. The facilities are definitely up-and-coming. It was under a lot of construction, but from what I've seen I was amazed. Chapel Hill is just a really beautiful area."

Smith then went on to have lunch with Mogridge, UNC's tight ends coach and Smith's primary recruiter.

"[We discussed] how they use the tight end," Smith said. "Coach ‘Mo' is just a real straight up guy and he's the real him all the time. He actually spoke one-on-one with my mom while I talked to the [graduate assistant] during lunch."

After meeting with a member of the academic support staff, Smith had a "long talk" with Butch Davis in his office.

"He was talking about how [UNC's tight end situation is] a pretty much similar situation as [Cincinnati's]," Smith said. "It's somewhere that I can come in and play early, it's somewhere in need of a good tight end, and UNC is an up-and-coming program. [He said] the conference is wide open, too. He said they're bringing everything up."

The following afternoon, Smith made the short drive down interstate-40 and visited NC State. He has also made trips to Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State.

Before the end of the summer, Smith hopes to make a few more visits, but the only trip planned is to Miami in July.

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