Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy inside linebacker Andre Smith committed to North Carolina tonight and gives the Tar Heels two commits from the class of 2015.
Smith is the second commitment for North Carolina's class of 2015.
The 6-0, 225-pound recruit chose UNC over offers from Florida A&M, Samford and Massachusetts. He admits to hearing from the likes of Florida State, Missouri, N.C. State, Missouri, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin lately.
"North Carolina is definitely the place for me," Smith told CarolinaBlue.com after committing Tuesday night. "The education of the school is elite, its top notch and one of the best places to go to school in the country. If football doesn't work out, then I know I'll get a good job from my major.
"I know that I'll play there, too," he continued. "The depth chart is in my favor and I know I can make an impact there. The football program is the on the rise and I know that I can get on the field early and contribute."
Defensive coordinator Dan Disch has recruited the Sunshine State very well over the past few years and has already secured a commitment from Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida State University School safety Ronnie Harrison.
"Coach Disch is my homeboy," noted Smith. "He is from the same neighborhood and area that I'm from. We have a great bond and that's my guy. He said that I remind me of a former Florida linebacker Byron "Bam" Hardmon. He thinks I'll bring some power, speed and physicality to the defense.
"I talked to [Ronnie] Harrison earlier on Twitter and we talked a little bit," he added. "I let him know that I was leaning that way and that I was close to becoming a Tar Heel. Tonight I did just that."
Smith committed to the North Carolina without ever stepping on campus in Chapel Hill and the school itself is usually a strong selling point for the university. That said, he will visit for a game later this month.
"I'll be there for the Virginia game on November 9," noted Smith. "I can't wait to go visit. I talked to [former Florida State running back] Lonnie Pryor about the school. He visited there once. He told me that the place is incredible and he said that he almost committed there, but went to FSU instead. That made me more comfortable with my decision."
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