Catching Up With Thomas Smith

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Reflecting on what was a standout career at Lafayette High School (Williamsburg, VA), future Virginia Tech Hokie Thomas Smith said:  “My favorite memory was probably coming back the way we did.  My junior year, we were set back because we had an ineligible player.  My senior year, we had the motivation to come back and make it to the playoffs.  We did.  That’s something I won’t forget.”

Since his Rams career came to an end, the 6’3 1/2″, 217-pound wide receiver recruit has continued to push hard. He trains at In Motion at the Boo Williams Sportsplex.  And he has now begun catching at least 100 passes per day, something he plans to continue until he arrives at Fork Union Military Academy in mid-August.

A big-play wide receiver in a run-oriented Lafayette offense, Smith had 36 catches for 843 yards (an average of over 23 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns his senior season.  He had 27 receptions for 558 yards (an average of over 20 yards per catch) his junior year.  Once at FUMA, Smith will look to sharpen his physical abilities as well as his technique at wide receiver.

“I’m excited to get faster.  I want to improve my speed.  I ran outdoor track this spring, and I made it to states,” said Smith, who signed with the Hokies in the 2012 class.  “And I’m excited to play in a pro-style offense.”

FUMA postgraduate head coach John Shuman has indicated that Smith likely will be a starter at wide receiver.  Smith’s size and athletic ability would match well at a variety of positions, but offense is his future at FUMA and eventually with the Hokies.

“[Virginia Tech’s coaches] tell me I’m stuck into the wide receiver position, unless I get to be about 240 pounds or something,” Smith said.  “Even with my weight training, my weight has stayed about the same, from 217 to 220.  I don’t see any changes coming.”

Smith has not only been working hard athletically.  Academically, he has made strides as well.  He still needs to improve on the SAT or ACT and perform solidly in the classroom this fall, but the promising athlete is in better shape to accomplish his goal of enrolling at Virginia Tech in January of 2013.  The Fork Union experience, Smith hopes, will help him mature on and off the field.

“I want to go straight to college, but I’m only 17, and I could use a year to get ready for the real world.  Fork

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