Only a rising junior who does not have to sign an official letter of intent until February of 2017, Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA) athlete Devante Smith certainly could have waited a while longer to make his college choice. The 6’1″, 185-pound prospect didn’t need more time, though, and so he verbally committed to Virginia Tech earlier this week.
“I felt comfortable being there and being around the coaches and I want to major in Engineering and they’re well known for that,” Smith said when asked why he committed to Virginia Tech.
“I started thinking about committing a few weeks ago. [Smith and his parents] were talking about it and they thought it would be good to get it done before the season started.”
Smith’s parents played high school sports, though neither moved on to play anything on the college level.
“I will be the first in my family to go to college,” Smith noted.
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer offered the promising athlete a scholarship following the Hokies’ one-day camp on June 14. Smith was one of a handful of class of 2017 prospects Virginia Tech offered that day.
Smith is a versatile athlete who saw action at quarterback, wide receiver and safety for the Raiders his sophomore season, which was cut short due to an ankle fracture. Virginia Tech is recruiting him as a cornerback/safety, although he feels wide receiver may be his best position right now.
Stonewall Jackson High School has become quite the pipeline for Virginia Tech. Assuming Smith follows through with his commitment and signs, Virginia Tech will have signed one player from the northern Virginia high school in four consecutive classes. Greg Stroman signed in 2014, Tim Settle in 2015, and Raiders running back/safety Reggie Floyd is committed for the class of 2016.
Asked how much of a factor reuniting with his high school teammates was in his decision, Smith said: “It didn’t play a large role,...
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