Smith Still Favors Virginia Tech

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Alston Smith is excited about being about one year away from enrolling
in college. He’s equally anxious, though, for his upcoming senior season. The
6’2″, 270-pound defensive tackle prospect is seeing the fruits of the work
he has put in throughout this offseason.

“I’m leaps and bounds better,” said Smith, a product of Frank Cox
High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “I feel a whole bunch more
explosive than I was last year. I’m more agile and quick.”

Smith works out with his team. He works out on his own. And he works out on
occasion with his father, legendary Virginia Tech and NFL defensive end Bruce
Smith.

“He works with my on the fundamentals, technique-wise,” Smith said,
referring to his father. “I focus on the fundamentals each down. I work out
with him sometimes. I work out on my own. I like to do my own thing, and I also
work out with my team on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The team workouts are
led by our great strength and conditioning coach, [Dr.] T.J. Morgan.”

Last season, Smith played his best football when he was moved to defensive
tackle. The move to d-tackle was coincided with the talented athlete going from
a two-way player to focusing only on defense. This coming season, Smith is
expected to once again play offense and defense for head coach Bill Stachelski.

Smith plans to take his improved explosion and quickness to several one-day
camps this summer. Clemson, North Carolina and North Carolina State are planned
stops. Virginia Tech, Syracuse, JMU, ODU and Western Michigan have offered thus
far.

Tech continues to lead, but Smith would like to take official visits before
committing anywhere.

“Virginia Tech is still number one,” Smith said. “It’s a tight
race, but they are showing a lot of interest. It’s a great place.”

He added, “I’m going to take a couple of official visits. I want to take
official visits so I can make sure I’m making the right decision.”