"Obviously I was really excited to get the offer, and it was just an honor to be there," Smith said. Things went really well.
"I talked with coach [Kyle Flood] a lot. He's a really cool guy, and I was really excited to have an offer from Rutgers. It's definitely a big part of their recruiting is hitting New Jersey. It was really cool because there's a lot of Jersey pride and state pride in the program. You can tell."
Smith ended his Rutgers visit by sitting down with Flood in his office and discussing an offer.
"Coach Flood is a really good guy," he said. "He's a family guy. He talked about his kids a little bit. You can tell how much he loves football and he loves Rutgers University. He thinks really highly of the program and the direction they're heading."
Flood signed a Red Bank Catholic player in Josh Klecko, who transferred last summer. Rutgers also stayed in the race for five-star Quentin Nelson, another offensive lineman.
Flood's offensive line background impressed Smith on his visit.
"It was kind of cool talking to him about that because he really knows offensive line well," he said. "… I didn't know how good of an academic school Rutgers was. That's something I took away from the visit. We walked around and saw the weight room and the facilities in the Hale Center."
Virginia was the first school to offer Smith, who is equally high on the Cavaliers as a program.
"Virginia, I was really excited about with it being my first one and coming from such a prestigious university," Smith said. "It's another great coaching staff and a great school."
Academics will play a significant role in Smith's decision. He plans to hit multiple camps this summer, but will not set visits until the end of the spring evaluation period.
"It means a lot," Smith said on academics. "I'm very happy with the schools I've gotten offers from, and it's even better that they're great academic schools."