Tennessee commitment Lee Smith out of Powell, Tenn. took an unofficial visit last weekend to Blacksburg. What did the 6-foot-6, 245-pounder think of the trip and has he opened up his recruitment?
"I loved it up there, it was crazy, the fans were nuts and they've got great school spirit," he said. "Unfortunately they couldn't pull it out, but at least I could tell the players were close with each other. They used a lot of two and three tight end sets which I really liked and the coaching staff was very cool. I talked to coach Charley Wiles and liked him a lot. I talk to him on a regular basis and he tells you how it is. Coach Beamer was also a very classy dude and he won't bull crap you for 30 minutes. He gets to the point and they definitely are one of my favorite coaching staffs."
Does that experience make the three-star prospect want to open up on his recruitment?
"I'm still committed to Tennessee," he said. "The fact that coach Sanders resigned and things are getting crazy over there is of concern. He's a big part of why Tennessee wants me, but at the same time I always think if you're good enough you'll play. I do like coach Sanders a lot though and hate to see him leave.
"I know I've only got one year to do all this stuff, so I want to make sure I make the right decision. I don't want to look back and wish I checked things out. I've talked to my dad and he made me realize this is my only chance so I feel I've got to do it."
Who is the No. 17 tight end in the country looking at for official visits?
"Virginia Tech will definitely get one after my visit there last weekend," he said. "I may also go to Alabama because a friend of mine has had a lot of good things to say about them and perhaps also Louisville because the tight end is a big part of their offense. Of course I'll take one to Tennessee too, but I don't know who will get the fifth visit."
Smith has helped Powell to the second round of the playoffs already.
"I've been doing well this year. I started off kind of slow, but now I'm getting into it," he said. "I don't get caught up in my statistics, but I'm definitely satisfied with how I've played. I can tell this year on offense I'm blocking a lot better and I'm running better routes and I'm a little faster too."