"I wouldn't call it a dream or a goal, it's always been a plan of mine to play college football," Smith said. "People asked me if I'm excited. I'm more relieved than excited. I'm extremely relieved to know where I'm going to be the next four years. Now I have a plan set."
Running back Noah Reimers, the 2014 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year and Virginia Gatorade player of the year, was one of 17 seniors to graduate from Tuscarora's 2014's state runner-up team, but Smith prevented any dip in offensive production by throwing for 2,649 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing better than 64 percent of his passes. On the ground, Smith consistently demoralized defenses with timely scrambles as he rushed for 1,109 yards and 24 touchdowns at a clip better than nine yards per carry.
"When he had Noah, he did what was needed from him, he didn't try to do more. This year, we needed him to do a lot more. He took over and carried our offense," Tuscarora Coach Mike Burnett said. "He was unbelievable to watch at times. We're going to miss his leadership. He set the expectations high for our program."
Smith threw a game winning touchdown pass in the final minute in wins over conference rivals Briar Woods, Potomac Falls and Broad Run. At Campbell, he hopes for an opportunity to establish himself in a new program and fight for playing time from the start.
"Their starting quarterback graduated, and the backup transferred. If I go in there and compete, anything can happen," Smith said. "I'm going to miss everything about Tuscarora football, but I'm excited that I get to keep playing. I love football."
This past weekend, Smith visited Campbell's Buies Creek, North Carolina campus from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. Saint Francis University (Pa.) also offered him a roster spot.