Powell (TN) tight end Lee Smith has already visited Virginia Tech twice – unofficially for the Ohio and Miami games, respectively – and will head to Blacksburg for a third time this weekend. This weekend’s trip will be an official visit for the 6-6, 250-pound Tennessee prep star.
A top tight end prospect, Smith, rated a 3-star prospect, has the size and ability to contribute immediately on the college level. He is a good athlete who plays basketball as well.
“Coaches just say that there are a lot of tight ends in the country who can run fast and catch and there are a lot of tight ends who can block, but it’s hard to find tight ends who can do both,” Smith said. “That’s what I hear from coaches all the time and they think I can do both.”
As far as his recruitment goes, Smith did have a clear leader at the beginning of the year. In February of 2005, Smith made a verbal commitment to Tennessee. He has since reconsidered and sent out film to a select number of schools in order to go through the recruiting process more thoroughly.
“I did commit to Tennessee early,” Smith said. “I’m a Knoxville boy. But as I talked to my family and friends, I decided to make sure I was making the right decision. I asked my high school coaches to send film to certain colleges. I’ve always liked Virginia Tech and it’s pretty close to home. Virginia Tech was one of the schools I asked to have tape sent to.”
Smith compared Virginia Tech with the University of Tennessee.
“Growing up in Knoxville, I know that the town is all about Tennessee football,” Smith said. “Virginia Tech was more laid back. When I visited for the Miami game, it was crazy just like any other college football places, but overall it was more laid back. I love the coaches. They are good people. Coach Beamer has been there for 20 years, so I know he’s going to be there for a while. It’s a comfortable feeling when I’m up there.”
Of Tennessee, Smith says it “is definitely still in the mix. They’ve had some coaching changes and they had a rough time this year. They are still in the mix, but I’m taking these trips to make sure.”
At this point, Smith says he will likely make official visits to Alabama and Auburn in addition to Virginia Tech. He also added that “this weekend could make things clearer” with regards to his decision....
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