He's a disruptive force against the rush, picking his spots and delivering punishing hits with ease. He's just as much of a problem for opposing offenses throwing the ball, showing patience and field awareness when reading the quarterback's eyes en route to a deflection or interception.
It's those attributes that have already attracted offers from Wisconsin, USC, UCLA, Arizona and more. On Monday, Smith spoke with eDuck.com about his recruitment, shortly after picking up another offer, this one from Oregon.
"They're interested," Smith said. "I guess they offered a while ago, but I just didn't catch it. But, he called and confirmed it."
New outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander extended the offer to Smith, who was thrilled with receiving an offer from a program that he's followed throughout his childhood and referred to as "elite".
"I'm really interested in them and have been for a while," Smith said. "They're a school that I've been interested in since I was little, so getting it is a good feeling."
Smith plans on taking a trip to Oregon sometime in the Spring. His conversations with Chinander have been productive thus far.
"He said I could come in and fight for a spot right away," Smith said. "We didn't talk about my game that much, but he said even though I'm big, my hips are still nice and my footwork is great."
USC is the school recruiting him the hardest right now, but Smith also mentioned UCLA, Arizona, Louisville, Penn State and Nebraska as schools paying closer attention right now. He also thinks another top name program could be close to offering.
"I think (Michigan) is going to offer pretty soon," Smith said.
Smith has multiple factors that will go in to his decision, but said he's keeping everything open right now and evaluating his options.
"I don't really have a (top list) yet right now," Smith said. "I'm mainly looking into my relationship with my position coach and my strength and conditioning coach, and then obviously the tradition, the facilities and, most important, education."
Smith wants to narrow down his schools by the Summer and is staying focused on receiving an invite to The Opening in July and the U.S. Army All-American Game in January. While he wants to make a decision early during his senior season so that he can graduate early, he wants to be thorough with the process until then.
"I want to get back and see a couple schools in the East and visit all the schools I can in the West," Smith said. "We'll see where I want to take my officials to and around when."