Thomas Smith , a 6’3″, 220-pound wide receiver prospect out of Lafayette High School in Williamsburg (VA), signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech this past February. The plan was to prep a semester at Fork Union before enrolling at Tech in January of 2013, but those plans have since changed.
“I didn’t get the grades I needed to get in high school. I talked to the advisor at Virginia Tech, and they advised me to go to community college and spend a year there,” Smith said. “I’ll attend Virginia Tech next summer.”
Smith would be attending community college in Virginia, but his father, who serves in the military, was transferred to Fort Bragg in North Carolina. As a result, Smith, who has lived in eight different places in his life, is attending Fayetteville Tech. He knows which courses he needs to take and what grades he needs to make to accomplish his goal of being at Tech next fall.
“Right now, I’m on course. As long as I keep it up, I’ll be there,” Smith said. “If I make these grades, I’ll be there in May or June. It all rests on me. I really want to get to Virginia Tech.”
Asked for his impressions of Tech football’s 2012 season, Smith said: “It’s disappointing to see your team not do as well as they could, but I’m still solid to Tech. Hopefully, they’ll turn it around this year, or hopefully I’ll give them another good option when I get there.”
A top playmaker for Lafayette, Smith had 36 receptions for 843 yards and 17 total touchdowns (including 13 receiving) in his senior season. He averaged over 22 yards per catch over the course of his junior and senior seasons, and he potentially could be the big-framed, big-play receiver Tech’s offense has become accustomed to.
Fayetteville Tech does not offer football, but Smith is working on his own to prepare for major college football.
“I’ve been doing a lot of training. I hit the weight room before and after school, and I’m doing a lot of running,” Smith said.
Smith would like to make it to Tech for a game this fall, but he is focusing mainly on his school work. He is staying around football, however.
“I’m coaching my little brother’s little league team,” Smith said....
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