”I kind of figured out I was pretty good at football,” Smith said. “I didn’t know I was going to be this good, so I didn’t really take it seriously in my early high schools years. Like freshman and sophomore years. Then as the offers started coming in, I started thinking I could do this.
”I’ve always liked football. It’s always been a sport I played but I thought baseball was my ticket to college. Then I found out I could play football and I was like, ‘hey I like this more.’”
There are several schools recruiting Smith hard. They include Mississippi State, Syracuse, Central Florida, South Florida and others. The Orange has stayed in touch on a regular basis, and may do so even more going forward after missing on Anthony Brown.
”We’re talking,” Smith said. “We touch base probably twice a week. Kind of keeping up and keeping the relationship up.”
That relationship is with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester. Since Syracuse offered, the two have worked on developing a bond. So far, Smith thinks highly of coach Lester.
”I like him so far,” Smith said. “I like what he’s got planned out for the coming years at Syracuse. It sounds good. So I consider that if I were to go to Syracuse, I would fit in. But we’ll see.”
Despite the regular communication and high interest from Syracuse, Smith has not visited the campus yet. The 6-foot-2 signal caller is eying a decision in late June or early July, but has to take the trip to Central New York in order for the Orange to have a chance.
”That’s one of the things we talk about now and then,” Smith said. “Just trying to see when I can fit in a time to come visit. Sometime this summer and get up to Syracuse and kind of look around and see what it’s about.”
The timeframe for a visit to Syracuse would sometime in mid-June. Should he make the trip and decide to pick the Orange, he sees a great fit in Lester’s new offensive system.
”Well he’s looking to spread it out and I think he’s looking for a guy that can run it and throw it,” Smith said. “Not just be a straight runner, you have to be able to throw it too.
”I think that’s why he likes me because I can run it and throw it. That’s what intrigues me about them.”
Smith claims no favorites at this point.