Following Virginia Tech’s one-day camp last Saturday, primary recruiter Curt Newsome “said I did really well,” said Lafayette (Williamsburg, VA) wide receiver Thomas Smith . “He said that’s what they want at Virginia Tech. He told me he would contact me on Tuesday, but I was shocked when he offered me a full ride.”
Smith, who stands six feet and three-and-a-quarter inches and weighs 200 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash three times at Tech’s camp, posting around 4.6-flat all three times. He ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds at the VTO Combine in Richmond earlier this year. As a junior at Lafayette last season, the standout receiver had 27 catches for 558 yards. He saw action at safety and corner as well but is being recruited by the Hokies as a receiver.
“I consider my game to be a good all-around game,” said Smith. “I’m not the quickest, but I’m not the slowest. And I’m pretty fast.”
Though Smith will be a senior this coming academic year, his offer from Virginia Tech is contingent upon him attending prep school for one year. Prep school is not a big deal to Smith, who in fact was likely to go this route regardless of the Tech offer.
“My mom wants me to [prep], and also it will help me academics-wise,” he said.
Ball State, Indiana, Norfolk State, James Madison and Old Dominion have also offered Smith, who names Virginia Tech as his current favorite.
“Right now, it is my number one,” Smith said of Tech. “I’m still doing some researching, but Tech is up there at number one.”
A commitment may not be far off. Smith’s mother accompanied her son to the Tech camp, so she has spoken with the coaches. Smith’s father is currently serving in Afghanistan and plans on speaking with the Tech staff soon. Whenever this happens, a decision could follow.
“I think I could make a decision before summer’s end,” Smith said. “I’ve been talking with my father over the phone. He’s going to come in contact with the [Virginia Tech] coaches.”
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Smith, a self-proclaimed “military brat,” has lived in seven different places over the course of his life. He lived in Pennsylvania before moving to Williamsburg last year.
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