The Spartans have arguably the nation's top defense and he's thrilled to become a part of it, he said last week at the B2G West Coast Bowl practices near Los Angeles.
The Chicago (Ill.) Mt. Carmel four-star defensive tackle sees going to Michigan State as an opportunity to better him and the program. He's not looking around. More like he's thrilled to get on campus and get started.
"It's a lot of motivation coming in, especially since I'm coming from Mount Carmel," Smith said. "We had the No. 1 defense in the state of Illinois, so now I'll be coming into the No. 1 defense in the country.
"A lot of people may see it as a lot of pressure, but I see it as another opportunity to get better for myself and eventually get better for Michigan State."
It has been quite a run for Michigan State and for Smith, who said leading up to the Big 10 championship game that friends and people around his high school thought Ohio State would win comfortably.
He knew different. After the Spartans dismantled Ohio State, those naysayers came over to his side for the big Rose Bowl matchup against Stanford. He had a feeling all along Michigan State would be victorious again.
"It was extremely exciting," Smith said. "A lot of people in my school were saying Ohio State was going to blow Michigan State out. You can never doubt the Spartans. Michigan State came out and beat them and there were a lot of Michigan State Spartan fans.
"Going into the Rose Bowl everybody was telling me Michigan State was going to win and I already knew that in the back of my head. It's extremely exciting to know I have the opportunity to play for them this upcoming fall."
The 6-foot-2, 272-pound recruit who was probably the top overall lineman at the West Coast Bowl said Notre Dame in particular has tried to persuade him to change his commitment, but he's happy with Michigan State.
Since his commitment in April, Smith said he decided not to consider others.
"Schools have tried to get back in contact with me, but I told them [I'm] 110 percent committed to Michigan State," Smith said. "I have no plans on de-committing. Once I gave my verbal I closed everything down.
"Notre Dame has been trying to speak to me a lot. I feel like everybody had their chance. I had to do what's best for me and my family and I know for a fact that Michigan State was the best choice for me."
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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