Scout.com's Bill Greene was there first hand to get the story and put a stop to a lot of rumors circulating around Smith's academic situation.
Smith will leave high school early and forgo his senior season. He will enroll at East Mississippi Community College as a placement for the University of Tennessee.
What does that exactly mean for the Vols recruiting efforts?
Smith will spend three semesters at EMCC, beginning this June. He will play one semester for the Lions and will redshirt one semester. This will give him three years to play three for the Volunteers. By enrolling early and forgoing his senior season this will put him a head of school of his fellow senior class mates. He will enroll in January of 2013 and be the same as a Grey shirt in this recruiting class.
Smith is rated as a high three star by Scout.com and is rated a four star prospect by other services.
The Inside Take on Smith:
This is a great steal for Derek Dooley and his coaching staff. A big time recruit with the perfect academic plan to get eligible. Look for Tennessee's efforts in creating this academic plan to pay off big dividends.
Not only will this give the Vols an outstanding athlete at the wide receiver position, it puts Tennessee in great shape to get a pledge from Smith's best friend Jarrod Wilson. No way this is a package deal, but Wilson will have to respect and see Tennessee efforts with his friend as a positive for the Vols.
The Inside Evaluation:
We got the opportunity to see Smith in action first hand at the InsideTennessee Combine held in Knoxville the weekend of the Vols Spring Game.
This young man can jump out of the gym, he jumped a 42 in vertical leap, something that doesn't happen everyday.
During one on one competitions he showed great hands and good speed. He is a big physical wide out, and will compliment the Vols current receiving corp.