Smith's Heart Will Let Him Know

Saturday left no doubt about the talents of Jaylon Smith as he dominated the Adidas Invitational. Following his impressive day, Smith spoke with IrishEyes.com about where he stands.

At 6-foot-3, 225-pounds Jaylon Smith's future will be as an outside linebacker or possibly even a defensive end. However, when Smith lined up as a defensive back during drills and showed the ability to lockdown receivers with the best of them, he earned added respect from his peers and members of the media.

Why did Smith feel he needed to show his coverage skills?

"It's really just about competing," said Smith. "If you have a love for the game you just want to compete and get better.

"It really just an honor to have the talent and technique. Thanks (goes) to my trainers. I'm really just trying to prove myself and leave no doubts in anybody's mind that I'm definitely a five-star recruit. Whatever I've got to do, I'll do."

After his most recent visit to Notre Dame, Smith continued to learn more about the Irish program.

"It was a nice experience and allowed me to get comfortable with everybody up there," said Smith. "Any college you try to go to you want to develop a nice relationship with the coaches. So this visit allowed me to learn their schemes and figure out what they have in store for me if I would go there."

During Saturday one current Irish pledge, James Onwualu was seen in Smith's ear. What was the future Irish wide receiver telling him?

"We were really just talking about recruiting and just life," said Smith. "We talked about how everything is going, how my family is doing and stuff like that."

With his older brother at Ohio State many have felt the Buckeyes would be the front runner when it came time to make his decision.

"It's not," stressed Smith. "Your heart has a gut feeling on what you should choose and I'll definitely go with my heart as nobody can make the decision for me."

As for when his decision could come, Smith has a feeling about when he'll make the call.

"Probably August," said Smith. "I'm going to try and get it out of the way before my season starts.

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