“I was really happy. That’s been a place I grew up watching, it’s right down the street from me,” Smith said. “I love the tempo, and the coaches are up-tempo and getting down there with the guys, not just demanding them, but out there showing them. I really love that.”
Smith had visited SMU before Chad Morris took over, and now that he’s visited under Morris’ watch, he was wowed by the changes SMU has undergone, from an attitude standpoint to the on-field performance, and thinks he would do just fine on the Hilltop.
“I’d definitely be a good fit. It’s similar to how we practice in high school,” Smith said. “They go a little harder and a little faster, but that’s something I could get used to.”
SMU offensive line coach Dustin Fry has been Smith’s main contact during his recruitment, and the two talked for a while at junior day, which left a great impression on Smith.
“He recognized me and pulled me out of the crowd and talked to me 1-on-1 while a lot of guys were waiting to talk to him,” Smith said. “He told me I was a guy he was really looking forward to watching during spring, but he got a chance to see me before and decided to jump on me (and offer) then…I thought they were going to offer me after spring practice.”
Even before junior day, Smith pegged SMU at the top of his list. The visit and offer gave it a stronger grasp.
“Most definitely,” Smith said of SMU’s standing at the top.
The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Smith said he will attend SMU’s April 18 spring game. Despite the love for SMU, he said he won’t be committing at the spring game or anytime soon.
“I’m not going to commit until after my football season,” Smith said. “But I’m not going to forget about SMU. They were the first ones to jump on me.”
Smith is being recruited by SMU as a guard.