Smith Working on New Position

Smith Working on New Position

North Carolina verbal commitment Jonathan Smith spent a good part of the last two weekends in Chapel Hill. The Scout.com three-star prospect revealed that he is becoming more familiar with the campus as it continues to feel more like home, and is also trying out a new position.

"It is different [being on campus as a commit]," said Smith. "A lot of the guys on the team kind of know me a little bit more. They say ‘Yeah, that's the guy that committed here.' And it's starting to feel like home."

Two weekends ago, Smith was on hand for the Tar Heels' individual rising senior camp. While the 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete didn't participate, he did accompany two of his Durham (N.C.) Hillside teammates in their attempt to earn a UNC scholarship offer.

"I didn't workout I just walked around," said Smith. "I had Tyree Bullock and another linebacker Tim Cook, so I was pretty much watching them the whole time."

As it has been well-documented, Smith wasn't the only commit on campus that weekend.

"I talked to Mike [Paulus] for awhile and also [Ryan] Houston," said Smith. "And then I went over and spoke to [Lansford] Watson."

Smith also did participate in UNC's team camp with his Hillside teammates this past weekend.

"We played a bunch of seven-on-sevens and we only lost one game by two points," said Smith. "We lost to [Virginia Beach (Va.)] Salem by two points."

During the team camp, the high schools were divided up for position oriented drills where Smith worked out at three different positions.

"I did linebacker and corner and I did safety," said Smith. "I played safety the most.

"Coach ‘Thig' [Tommy Thigpen] was there [when I was working out with the defensive backs]. He liked how I was breaking on the ball."

Smith isn't finding too much difficulty in the move from positions.

"Sometimes it's kind of hard, as a linebacker I have that aggressive mentality," said Smith. "The whole time at safety in cover two, it's kind of hard for me not to dig at something down low. I know as long as I stay focused with my responsibility I think I'll do well."

Smith said UNC's coaching staff continues to project him as a linebacker, though the Tar Heel staff is beginning to work on his transition to the defensive backfield.

"As of right now, I'm just being recruited for linebacker," said Smith. "Coach [Marvin] Sanders talked to me about DBs – he wants to see me at DB more. I mean, really, I don't have a problem playing anything at North Carolina, I just want to win."

During his senior season, Smith's primary position was linebacker, but he will see some time at safety especially in cover two situations.

As a junior, Smith started at linebacker where he recorded 95 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, and four sacks.

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