Smith, born in Guinea on the west side of Africa, moved to New Hampshire at a young age. His father, a first generation American, understood the opportunities America could provide for his young family and ultimately decided the move would be the best decision for them. He earned his citizenship, went to college, and is now working for the government.
The move introduced a young Seimou to American football, and he quickly took to the sport, excelling from early on. He played throughout high school, before earning a coveted walk-on spot with Southern Connecticut State University’s football program. In his Freshman season in 2015, Smith was a Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Selection. He played in all 11 games, catching 34 passes for over 400 yards and three touchdowns as a Wide Receiver.
He parlayed his athletic ability into an opportunity with SCSU’s Rugby program. In 2015, his first year with the team, he was an all-conference selection. He went on to earn multiple All-American honors.
After his impressive collegiate career, Smith helped develop his skills by joining the Bulldogs Rugby team. He then linked up with the New Haven Old Blacks club, competing in the Empire GU. RUNY Head Coach, Mike Tolkin, noticed Smith while scouting for talent at a New Haven match this past fall. His undeniable athletic ability, coupled with his raw skill set, earned him a development contract with the New York franchise throughout the pre-season.
Smith made the most of this opportunity, making a name for himself in the first annual Cold War preseason match against the Boston Free Jacks. His impressive form continued against the Capital Selects, scoring multiple trys and delivering punishing hits. General Manager James English knew they had to lock Smith in, and his first professional rugby contract was offered.