DETROIT — L’Christian Smith, one of the top receivers in the 2018 class, has a Neyland Stadium memory that’s keeping Tennessee near the top of his list early in this recruiting process.
“I know the fans there,” Smith said, asked why the Vols are a priority for him amid an impressive sheet that already includes such contenders as Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State.
“I went to a game there a while ago, two or three years ago, before all this happened,” said Smith, a 6-foot-5, 210-pounder from Huber Heights High School near Dayton, Ohio. “I was actually on the field with my dad, and it was loud, and I loved that about Tennessee, how loud it is, because I feed off that when I’m playing.
“It never left my brain … it was a special moment.”
Smith stood out among the top prospects at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp held at Division II Wayne State University in Detroit on Thursday and Friday.
Smith is ranked the No. 4 receiver in the 2018 class by 247Sports, which also has him as the No. 94 overall player in the 2018 class and the No. 5 football prospect in talent-rich Ohio.
“One day I was getting some mail from Tennessee, a questionnaire, and the next day I was getting an offer, so it came very sudden,” he said. “It’s a blessing. I’m very high on the Vols; I know they are a powerhouse program and somewhere I’m looking at. I plan to go down there in the next month or so with my dad.
“I just want to meet the staff, have a strong relationship with the staff, because that’s the most important thing about the whole recruiting process, is that relationship with the staff.”