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.