Monroe Area (Monroe, GA) senior Demontevious “Demond” Smith is one of the latest football prospects to receive a Virginia Tech scholarship offer. The 6-1, 185-pound prospect played quarterback for head coach Matt Fligg, running the triple-option offense and guiding the Hurricanes to an 11-2 overall record this season.
“Demond, since his freshman year, was a player we knew would be the type of leader to bring us over the hump,” Fligg said. “This year, he broke every school record. He had 28 touchdowns. The attitude and work ethic he has is the true meaning of student athlete. Also, he just hates to lose. He is so competitive, but he is a silent competitor. You want the ball in his hands in the last seconds. It’s the same for our basketball team. We are 9-0 and ranked fifth in the state. He is a leader on our basketball team.”
A 3-year starter on the varsity level, Smith has primarily played offense throughout his high school career. The exception was his sophomore year, when he saw action at safety and cornerback. The standout senior’s performance on offense attracted offers from Air Force, Army, Georgia Southern and Navy, but it wasn’t until recently that a major conference program — Virginia Tech — came through with an offer.
“I talked to Coach Gray and he was telling me that Coach Browning, one of our coaches, called him and told him about me,” said Smith. “He said he also looked at my film on Youtube. He asked if I had any offers. He said I am a heck of an athlete. After I told him who had offered, he asked why I didn’t have any big major offers. He said, ‘That’s going to change.’ From there, he said he would put the film in front of the rest of the staff.”
Gray called back and informed Smith that Virginia Tech was offering a scholarship. In the same conversation, the Monroe Area star scheduled an official visit with the Hokies for the weekend of January 21. Smith figures to learn much more about Virginia Tech on the visit, but at this point he knows mainly of Tech’s tradition.
“I know they win, so I like that,” Smith said with a laugh. “It would be dumb of me not to visit. Hopefully, things work out and I like it.”
Virginia Tech is the only official visit Smith has set, but he plans to set more.
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