Jay Smith: Instant Analysis

Jay Smith

Every year, NC State seems to pull some big upsets and this year it looks like the Pack landed a solid legacy recruit in Jay Smith. Smith, an under-used wide receiver from Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Va. committed to the Wolfpack over Miami, Virginia Tech, and Clemson. But what are the coaches in Raleigh getting?

Inside of a year, Jay Smith went from a player on a stats page at Kempsville High School with just a handful of catches to a player with countless offers in the matter of months after the season. In March, he attended the Scout.com Combine where he posted a blazing 4.47 40 time and combined that with a great performance in the one-on-one drills to earn the Scout.com Combine MVP award.

Since measuring in at 6-1.5, Smith continues to grow adding that he is now in the 6-3 to 6-4 range and still able to put that combine speed to work. If accurate, Smith is a very dangerous threat on the outside and will give the Pack plenty of room to stretch the field with his size, speed, and ability to make plays in the air.

So how did the Pack reel in such a talented player? Persistence.

Smith has attended the NC State summer football camp since he was in the eighth grade. NC State was the first school to offer. He has visited NC State for unofficial visits more than any other school.

Obviously, there are still a lot of questions to be answered about his potential. What happens when he gets more than 20 catches a year or how will he fit in with the solid nucleus of wideout talent already on the Pack's roster, perhaps the deepest position on the team? Those are questions that will be answered and with the leadership Smith has shown throughout the process, it looks like the answers will come up roses for the Pack.

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