Virginia Tech picked up two defensive line commitments at camp on Saturday. The first came from Cox High School defensive tackle Alston Smith, son of Hokie great and NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith. We caught up with Alston this afternoon for a few comments on his visit and commitment.
Smith favored the Hokies during the entire process, but wanted to take a little bit of time before committing. Saturday became the right time.
“Camp was a good experience,” Smith said. “It was just the right time and the right place. I liked the coaches. I wanted to take my time and see other schools, but it’s the right place for me.”
Though defensive tackle is his likely position in college, that decision is not set in stone.
“They were initially recruiting me as a defensive tackle, now they say they want to see how I develop. It could be end or tackle.”
Smith plays for a very successful Cox High School program in Virginia Beach, and he’s looking to have a big senior season.
“Hopefully we can continue our streak and be the only beach team to make the playoffs three years in a row. As far as personal goals, I want to get at least 12 sacks and make as many tackles as possible.”
His father is a quiet guy, though Alston says the elder Smith is clearly happy with his son’s decision. Bruce showed up at camp wearing a Tech hat, and he will be proud to see his son wear the Orange and Maroon.
“He doesn’t say much, he just smiles a whole lot.”
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