April 4, 2012

Smith eyes trip to Gainesville

Statesville (NC) South Iredell outside linebacker LaChaston Smith who is making a name for himself as one of the top 2013 prospects in North Carolina will visit Florida Saturday.

Smith told Deacons Illustrated in a prior interview that he nearly committed to the Gators when they offered him a scholarship.

"I'm really looking forward to going down to the Swamp," Smith said. "I think it will be a place where I'm welcomed, so I look forward to going down there with Coach [Will] Muschamp and Coach [D.J.] Durkin."

Tennessee recently offered the 6-feet, 215-pounder a scholarship. Smith, who is also being pursued by some schools as a safety, is ranked as a three-star recruit and the nation's No. 27 outside linebacker by Rivals.com.

After an impressive performance Sunday, April 1 at the Rivals/VTO Sports North Carolina Elite 100 Combine in Charlotte Rivals.com's Mike Farrell ranked Smith third on his list of the top skill position performers at the one-day event.

"I've gotten a lot bigger," Smith said. "I've gotten a lot stronger. As far as recruiting it hasn't changed much. I still have schools coming after me hard, so nothing really much has changed but my size."

Smith added that the NCAA's ruling handed down to UNC will not affect his recruitment, because the mistakes were made before Larry Fedora and his staff took control of the program.

"Coach [David] Duggan writes me a lot on Facebook," Smith said. "We talk a lot. He sends me videos of practice."

He continues to hear from Wake Forest. Lonnie Galloway is pursuing Smith for the Demon Deacons. Smith's cousin, Quan Rucker is a wide receiver at Wake.

"I don't know [if I'll visit Wake Forest this spring]," Smith said. "I let my coach plan all of my visits."

Smith attended Wake Forest's Junior Day in February.

In 10 games Smith recorded 82 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, five sacks, two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, and four pass breakups.

Smith missed the final four games of the season due to injury.

South Iredell advanced to the third round of the state playoffs to finish with a 13-1 record.

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