Smith Picks UNC

Alex Smith announced his verbal commitment to North Carolina during a press conference held at his high school Tuesday. The four-star prospect is ranked among the nation's Top 10 tight ends by

"After being through this long, delayed-out recruiting process I think the best fit for me -- and me and my mom agree -- is the University of North Carolina," Smith said.

Smith, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end from West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West, selected UNC from a list of two dozen scholarship offers that included Cincinnati, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

"Chapel Hill is a great area," he said. "It had a lot of similarities to what I liked about [Cincinnati] – an up-and-coming program, a conference that a dominant team can come in and take over, and the coaching staff was just terrific."

Originally, Smith verbally committed to Cincinnati in February. In early June, though, he softened that pledge.

Shortly after softening his Cincinnati commitment, Smith and his mother made an unofficial visit to UNC.

Smith officially visited Wisconsin in early September and then UNC a month later. Throughout the process, he also took unofficial trips to Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, NC State, and Ohio State.

A couple of weeks ago, with his senior football season concluded, Smith unofficially visited UNC.

Upon his return from his most recent visit, Smith and Cincinnati parted ways, and Smith announced he was ready to make a verbal commitment.

"...I really really think it's the right fit for me and it really clicked on the last visit," Smith explained.

Smith's senior football season ended prematurely with a first-round playoff loss. On the year, he made 23 catches for 411 yards and four touchdowns.

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