Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis visited Smith's home last week fueling talk that a commitment was imminent. In announcing his choice, Smith indicated the decision was as tough to make as it was for fans to wait for.
"It's a huge sense of relief," Smith said about bringing the recruiting process to an end. "I made up my mind Wednesday night. I kept going back between the two for a long time. Over the last week I kept coming back to Notre Dame."
Smith played safety, running back and receiver for Knoxville Catholic and was being recruited primarily as a linebacker for Tennessee. Smith runs a 4.5 time and is an honor student.