First offer 'emotional' for Smart

Syracuse was the first to offer 2015 athlete D'Andre Smart. The offer had a big impact on his recruitment, and he discusses it all inside.

Syracuse spent some time on Tuesday at Miami Norland High School in Miami (Fla.). The Orange handed out two new offers on the day, the first for each. One of those players was athlete D'Andre Smart.

"My reaction was I was happy because I found out all of my hard work was paying off," Smart said. "I told my mom and she started crying. It was very emotional. I was just happy. It's a blessing. Not too many people get recognized like I did today. I just thank God each and every day. I recognize what I have in my hands and I won't take it for granted."

Smart is starting to develop a relationship with offensive coordinator George McDonald. He is excited about the potential at Syracuse and wants to visit in order to learn more about the program.

"Coach McDonald stopped by at football practice," Smart said. "After practice he talked to my coach about me. He's just an awesome coach, a great coach. He's great at what he do. I'm just excited to get up there and see the school.

"Most likely sometime in June, towards the end of June, I'm going to try to get up there. I want to check out the architect program because I want to major in architecture. I want to see the students and how they react. What types of classes are up there. I want to see the weather and just get a good feel for everything."

Smart said he will likely take his visit with fellow 2015 Florida cornerback Jeremiah Dinson. The two are good friends and have discussed the possibility of playing together at Syracuse. A commitment is not likely on the trip, as Smart has indicated he would like to discuss it with his family before making a decision.

The rising athlete puts the Orange on top after snagging an offer, but other schools are in hot pursuit. Among them is Arkansas, who he believes will offer either this spring or summer after seeing him in person a little more.

Smart is also hearing from Georgia Tech, Duke and Cincinnati. He believes Georgia Tech is the most likely to extend an offer.

Visits will be key for the Miami Norland standout, as they will indicate which schools start to standout assuming he racks up multiple offers. From there, a decision is likely to come during his senior season. However, an earlier announcement is possible if Smart feels he finds the right fit.

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