"Coach Miles was very excited, and he said I made his day and all that," Smith said. "He couldn’t stop laughing and just kept saying this was very big for me to give him the news. Coach Miles said there really wasn’t much he could say other than that I made his day."
Smith became the second tight end commitment and 18th pledge to a 2013 class that last added a commitment on Friday, when fellow Lake Charles product Melvin Jones pledged to the Tigers as a middle linebacker.
Smith, who was being recruited by first-year wide receivers coach Adam Henry, also had offers from Alabama, Florida and Florida State, though the four-star prospect kept the Tigers as his lead team since early March, which eventually pushed Smith to end his recruitment long before he anticipated.
"I’ve been waiting to do it, and I just couldn’t wait any longer," Smith said. "It’s been hard to wait for two years to make a decision, and the last month or so I really thought about it a lot. After all of that, I said it’s time to get it over with."
Smith said that he never seriously entertained the thought of leaving the state for college, but did hope to allow his process to play out long enough to get the Tigers some exposure on national television at the Army All-American Game - an event that now highlights commitments during the broadcasting as much as the action itself.
"I wanted to do it there, but I got that gut feeling to do it now and get it over with," Smith said. "It wasn’t all about the hype of doing with hats or anything like that. If I was going to play in the game, I thought that would be a great way to announce where I was going, but I’m very excited to have it over with now and just excited to be a Tiger."
247 ranks Smith as the No. 4 tight end in the country, No. 3 player in Louisiana and No. 102 overall prospect in the 2013 class.