Smith Set to Visit UNC

Alex Smith will be visiting North Carolina officially this weekend.

"Chapel Hill is a really nice city," Smith said. "I like how the weather there is always good. The team is starting to go places too. They're getting a bunch of good recruits and I think they'll be a great team."

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound four-star tight end from Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio made a verbal commitment to Cincinnati earlier this summer, but only a "soft verbal," as he is taking other official trips.

Smith, ranked as the No. 10 tight end in the country by, continues to favor Cincinnati over North Carolina, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Michigan. All of his favorites have offered (24 total).

"I'm still trying to look around at the other schools," Smith said. "I committed pretty early because I really liked the coaches and my teammate (three-star offensive tackle Kevin Schloemer) also committed.

"Then I started getting a lot more offers and stuff and decided to take some more time," he said.

So is his teammate considering other programs as well? "No," he said. "He's solid."

Smith already took an official visit to Wisconsin on Sept. 5.

"It was good," he said of his time in Madison. "Wisconsin is a great program for tight ends. I really like (tight end) coach Joe Rudolph. He says that I'd see early playing time and that I'm a good fit in their offense. I like how they send a lot of guys to the NFL and always have good tight ends."

Smith thinks that Cincinnati has been the team that's impressed him the most so far this season.

"They can't be questioned," he said about the Bearcats. "They are doing some great things at that program. I believe they are gonna be getting even better now that they're getting some bigger recruits. It would definitely be nice to see them win the conference this year."

Growing up, Smith says he followed Kentucky and he's already attended the Wildcats' game against Florida on Sept. 26.

"That game was a lot of fun," he said. "It wasn't fun for Kentucky since they lost, but I always have a good time there.

"I've been to a lot of their games already because my whole family is from Kentucky (but Smith was born in Cincinnati) and we go back a lot," he said. "I really like that it's an SEC program and how loud and crazy it gets over there."

Smith says he's also likely to take an official visit to Michigan this season as well. "Michigan is looking real good this year," he said. "I like the offense and the defense. They seem to be really putting it all together."

Lakota West High School is currently 4-1 and Smith missed one game with a pulled hamstring. In the three games he played in he had 15 receptions, averaging 14.1 yards per catch, with two touchdowns.

"I think we'll win out and go 9-1 this year," he said. "It would be great to be totally done with recruiting before we head into the playoffs. I'll probably know for sure by then.

"I want to get along well with my position coach and play for someone who is similar to me and my personality," he said.

Smith finished his junior season with 27 catches and six touchdowns.

"I feel like I've gotten better at blocking since last year," he said. "I was at 225-pounds last year and now I'm much bigger and stronger.

"I also have great hands and don't drop the ball," he added.

He says he can bench 325-pounds and has a 32-inch vertical jump.

"There's still room to improve on my blocking," he said. "And I'm always trying to perfect my routes."

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