Don Bosco Tackle Picks Virginia Tech

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After receiving a commitment from skill position athlete Shawn Payne on Monday, the Virginia Tech football program addressed the offensive line on Tuesday with a pledge from Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) offensive lineman Tyrell Smith .

Like Payne, Smith participated and impressed at Virginia Tech’s June 2 one-day camp.  Neither class of 2014 prospect received an offer the day of the camp, though it didn’t take long for the Hokies to come through in either scenario.

“I actually felt I did pretty well at the camp,” Smith said.  “Coach Grimes kept putting me up against the best guys.  I won all of my one-on-ones, so I did a good job.

“The day of the camp, I spoke with [head coach Frank] Beamer.  He told me I was very high on their list and they still wanted to continue the recruiting process, even though they weren’t going to offer that day.  About a week later, I was down in Miami.  I got a message from Coach Grimes to call him.  I called and they offered.”

As Virginia Tech’s offensive line coach, Jeff Grimes obviously has a big say in determining which prospects receive scholarship offers.  Smith relayed what the first year Tech assistant liked about his abilities.

“Coach Grimes said he loved my athleticism.  He told me straight-up I wasn’t the biggest guy, but he said he could definitely put weight on me easily,” said Smith, who measured in at 6’3″, 256 pounds in Blacksburg.

Smith attended Maryland’s camp this past Saturday.  While the experience went well, the standout rising senior did not land an offer from the Terrapins.  Three days later, he decided it was time to end his recruitment.

“I committed to Virginia Tech over offers from U-Mass and Florida Atlantic,” Smith said.  “I just loved Coach Beamer and Coach Grimes.  Coach Grimes and I talk almost every single day.  I also have two friends who went to Virginia Tech.  They told me about it, too.”

Don Bosco Prep is not just a powerhouse football program in the state of New Jersey.  It’s a nationally recognized one as well.  To play as a freshman on the varsity squad, which Smith did, is impressive.  The Tech-bound prospect is now entering his fourth year on the Ironmen varsity.

“Don Bosco has been a great experience.  Coach (Greg) Toal always has us working