With his team having already secured a spot in the playoffs, Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield safety Xavier Smith enjoyed his weekend, taking an unofficial to East Carolina.
Even the Pirates couldn't come away with a victory, the 6-foot-1 Smith was reminded why he committed to ECU back in June.
"The atmosphere was great," Smith said. "The fans are great and there's a lot of excitement around the program. The coaches are a good group and it feels like a family."
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Thus far during his senior year Smith has two interceptions and 30 tackles while playing safety as well as outside linebacker. His numbers are off of last year's pace, mainly because teams try to keep the ball away from him.
"Teams try to avoid me," Smith said. "Especially when I'm at safety."
Saturday's contest was the fourth time Smith has visited ECU this season. Despite his frequent trips, Smith is excited to get to school full-time and have the opportunity to meet other members of the 2013 Pirates class.
"I would like to get to know some of the other recruits more," he said. "Their recruits are spread out in terms of where they live and I'm the only one who lives in the triangle so that makes it tough."
Smith said he hasn't planned his official visit yet, but it will likely be sometime early next year. He also said ECU will be the only school visits.
As far as on the field play, Smith said Saturday's loss will have no bearing on his decision process and he's been impressed with how the team has played this year.
"I think they're really athletic on defense," Smith said. "Especially the defensive backs. I really admire Damon Magazu, he's a guy who came in and started as a true freshman and that's something I can aspire to do, too."