2018 Northshore (LA) defensive tackle Kemon Smith committed to SMU on Saturday, citing his prospect day visit as the "icing on the cake".
"I felt like it was a place where I felt more comfortable," Smith said. "Out of all of my visits, even though I'm from Louisiana, I just felt like I was at home when I was on my visit. I talked to some of the coaches, and I used to talk to some of them over the phone, and they make me feel like family. In my mind I knew I wanted to go to college here. I love the environment. I love Dallas. I just love it all."
While he officially announced his commitment Saturday afternoon, Smith made up his mind that he wanted to come to SMU Friday night.
"I probably decided last night," Smith said. "I had been leaning towards SMU, but I just wasn't sure. Then when I was driving up here from Louisiana this morning, I talked about it with my mom. I already knew in my mind, but I just wanted to be sure. After I talked with my mom, she made it clear."
The people that Smith has encountered at SMU make the school stand out to him.
"Everybody's nice. They look out for you," Smith said. "If you need help with anything, they help you out. Everyone from the SMU family just supported me. That's why I feel like it was the best place for me."
Smith has developed relationships with coaches Chris Scott, Buddy Wyatt and Chad Morris. The staff was very excited to hear that he had committed.
"It was unbelievable," Smith said. "They were extremely excited. Coach Scott started screaming, coach Wyatt was super excited as well."
Smith is the first high school commit that Chad Morris has picked up outside of Texas. That mattered to the staff.
"They were telling me that this is the first time that they've had a Louisiana commit," Smith said. "They said this is one of the biggest commits that they've had in a few years."
Smith's talent excites the coaches, and they think he can contribute from day one.
"They feel like I can come in and help fill a void at defensive tackle. They said I'm definitely good enough to come in and start as a true freshman," Smith said. "They said I have good quickness. I'm great at getting off blocks and I have the ability to change the game. They expect me to be a big-time player at SMU."
Smith is the fourth member of SMU's 2018 class. He joins quarterback Will Brown, wide receiver Mike Woods, linebacker Tre Allison and cornerback Marcus Mosley.