Virginia Tech continues to be the school to beat for defensive lineman Alston Smith , but the Cox High School (Virginia Beach, VA) junior also continues to be open to other schools. Virginia Tech and Old Dominion have offered Smith, who is hopeful the Evaluation period will produce a few more opportunities.
“Duke and North Carolina State came to my school [last week], so that was nice,” Smith said. “I have the two offers, Virginia Tech and ODU. I believe N.C. State might be heavy in there. As far as other schools interested in me, there is Duke, I believe Tennessee, South Carolina a little bit, Maryland and Boston College.
“Virginia Tech, they are number one, but there are multiple schools in the race. I’m trying to get more attention brought to me by going to camps and combines. But Tech is probably number one.”
Virginia Tech sees potential at end or tackle if the 6-2, 265-pound Smith were to take his game to Blacksburg.
“It depends on my development,” Smith said. “If I slim down, maybe I could play defensive end. It all depends on my development.”
Smith began last season as a starter on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he started out at defensive end before moving inside to defensive tackle halfway through the season. Smith finished 2010 with 30 tackles, six sacks and four tackles for loss.
This offseason, Smith has yet to miss a workout according to Cox head coach Bill Stachelski. By the start of next season, the standout prospect hopes to have his 40 time down to 4.9 seconds, and of course to be stronger. Smith plans on showing off his offseason progress on May 22, when he’ll participate in the Nike Camp at Duke.
This summer, Smith may attend camps at Duke, N.C. State and Virginia Tech. He was last in Blacksburg on April 23 for the Spring Game.
“I wanted to learn more about the depth [on the defensive line],” Smith said. “I found out some good info. It was a good visit.”
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