So what was Smith able to take in during his visit with the Wolfpack?
"It was my third visit there. I went for the camp last summer, and saw a game there in the fall and Saturday. This one was important to me because they have an all new coaching staff."
The Wolfpack staff talked at length with Smith during his stay too.
"I spent a lot of time with the new tight ends coach, Eddie Faulkner, and he was really cool and I met with a lot of the other coaches. I was able to stand behind the offense at spring practice and even spoke with a couple of coaches during their breaks."
Smith told us what he enjoyed most on this trip to Raleigh and his thoughts on the new staff in his first interaction with them thus far. The staff seemed impressed with Smith's progression as well.
"Watching their spring practice was the best part of this trip. It was their first day in pads so there was some hitting going on and seeing the intensity of the coaches. I like that kind of coaching, they encouraged the players at the same time getting on them to get better."
"They said that they like my size a lot. They said I passed the eye test. They told me that they have watched my film and that I had good hands. They still want to see more weight on me, I am 226 pounds right now, but were encouraged when I told them I was only 202 pounds this time last year."
Already having logged a lot of miles to check out various schools Smith is on the road this weekend as we speak.
The NFTC event in Charlotte last weekend was like the one in Atlanta, extremely cold. Atlanta had snow flurries while Charlotte was cold with rain. It prevented much of the testing and Smith says he felt he performed well against some of the other top prospects in attendance. Some prospects he competed with or faced already hold offers and the 2014 prospect chimed in on where his thoughts are currently.
"I just talk to these other players at camps and they say they have all of these offers and then I kick their butts in the drills. Hopefully my hard work and efforts will produce my first offer before too long."