Thomas Smith , who starred at wide receiver at Lafayette High School (Williamsburg, VA), signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech in February of 2012. After falling short of qualifying academically, the 6’3″, 220-pound prospect enrolled at Fayetteville Tech (N.C.), where he is doing well and on track to achieve his ultimate goal of being a Hokie.
“I spoke with (Virginia Tech Director of Undergraduate Admissions) Mildred Johnson. She said I have met the requirements I needed to meet so far,” said Smith, who was urged by Virginia Tech to attend a community college for one year instead of heading to a postgraduate prep school such as Fork Union.
Tech’s recent coaching staff shake-up created some angst for Smith, as Curt Newsome, who was just replaced by Jeff Grimes as offensive line coach, was his primary recruiter from Tech. The promising athlete had not heard from Virginia Tech since the staff changes were made, so he wasn’t 100-percent sure if his standing had changed.
Smith said his father contacted head coach Frank Beamer, and it appears nothing has changed with respect to his status with Tech. Before the confirmation, the former Lafayette star was steadfast in his commitment to Virginia Tech.
“I still plan on signing with Virginia Tech,” Smith said in an interview this past Monday. “If everything works out, I’m still going to be committed to them. I’m just waiting on their decision.”
If Smith continues to get the job done in the classroom, he will enroll at Tech this May. The academic year at Fayetteville Tech ends the same month.
Football is not offered at Fayetteville Tech, so Smith has spent the fall and winter training for Virginia Tech. A rangy athlete with good explosiveness, Smith would enter Tech as a receiver but possesses the athletic ability to play a different position if needed. As a senior at Lafayette, he totaled 36 catches for 843 yards and 17 touchdowns. Thirteen of those scores came on receptions, but he returned a punt and a kick-off for scores as well.
“He’s a big target,” Jim Cavanaugh said of Smith on Hokiesports.com last February. “We are really looking forward to working with him. He’s a big target and really had an excellent senior year.”
Smith said: “My goal is to be in the best shape I can be in so I can go up there and compete.”
While he would have a year of college under his belt, Smith said he would be...
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