Jay Smith , a wide receiver recruit rated a 4-star prospect and the #3 prospect in the state of Virginia by Techsideline.com, has set two official visits. And he plans to take all five officials in hopes of making a verbal commitment on his birthday in October. Techsideline.com caught up with Jay’s father, Mordecai Smith, Sr., who discussed Jay’s future plans.
“We have confirmed official visits to Tennessee and Virginia Tech,” Smith said. Jay will head to Tennessee for the Florida game on September 16th and plans to go to Virginia Tech on September 30th. “Due to scheduling conflicts, the other official visits will be confirmed at a later date. The Florida State/Miami game is unfortunately too early in September. We will, however, try to make this game if no conflicts arise.”
Other programs in the running for official visits include Clemson, Miami, Michigan State, N.C. State, Notre Dame and Virginia. At this time, Smith says his son may take official visits to N.C. State and UVa “in October”, but nothing is confirmed. At the very least, both N.C. State and UVa are expected to each get one more unofficial visit before a decision is made.
As for when Jay will announce a decision, a specific date has been thrown out there.
“Jay is hoping to make a decision on or by his birthday, which is October 26th,” Smith said.
Jay has made several unofficial visits already this year and plans a few more before the fall.
“He visited UVa earlier this year when he went there for a track meet. We did that privately, without them knowing,” Smith said. “He visited N.C. State on July 24th. We met with Marc Trestman, who really knows his stuff. He showed us some film of Jerry Rice and then some film of Jay and pointed out the similarities. And recently, Jay got a call from Russell Wilson. Russell called Jay to tell him he had committed. And he told Jay that he threw for 3,000 yards last year.
“We are going on two visits in August. We are going to Virginia Tech on the 12th and plan to go to Clemson.”
Smith’s final seven schools include Clemson, Miami, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. But some schools, including Michigan State, are not completely out of the running at this point. In total, Mordecai estimates that about 36 schools have extended written scholarship offers with...
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