Commitment Update: Smith Shows True Strength

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Seneca Valley (Germantown, MD) standout Andre Smith lost his mother to cancer just weeks before making his verbal commitment to Virginia Tech, but has shown exceptional character and strength in the face of adversity in what is his senior year.

“He’s showing tremendous resiliency,” Seneca Valley head coach Fred Kim said. “It’s been such a strain on him and it’s amazing that he’s rallied. He has to go to school, practice, do homework and then figure out what to make for dinner. He’s been strong for his family and our community has really supported him and been there as a family group.”

Despite what he has been through off the field, Smith continues to be a big part of his team on it. He has shown tremendous resiliency on the field as well. In Seneca Valley’s season opener, the 6-4, 235-pound tight end/defensive end suffered a high ankle sprain. He has battled back to resume a major part offensively and defensively.

“He tried to push it too early, but the last few weeks he’s really been picking up,” Kim said of Smith’s comeback. “He’s looking to form.”

8-1 on the year and having all but clinched its 21st Division championship, Seneca Valley looks forward to a healthy Smith come playoff time. On the year, he has tallied seven catches for 172 yards and four touchdowns, including a 13-yard touchdown reception last week.

“In our [win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase on October 28th] he had four catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns,” Kim said. “He’s run over some people. He’s doing a great job blocking. That’s his forte right now. He’s so big and he just controls the edge whenever we run to the outside. It’s a big advantage for us now to have him back in the lineup.

“And he’s had a great year on defense, too. He could be a heck of a defensive end. He could do it on either side.”

Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Tony Ball, is anxious to get Smith in Blacksburg.

“Coach Ball came to a game and he was tickled pink with Andre,” Kim said. “He was happy and is excited to get Andre started. Coach Ball asked if he wanted to enroll in January…if that would be something good for him. I’m not sure that’s going to happen.”

Whenever Tech gets Smith, it can look forward to getting a true, strong character on