Checking In With Class of 2017 ATH Devante Smith

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Virginia Tech’s focus right now is closing out the class of 2016 in strong fashion; however, once National Signing Day is over, the full focus will turn to class of 2017 recruiting. The Hokies have one commitment in the fold in the class of 2017, and he comes from a school that has been good to Tech the past several years.

“I’m still committed to VT,” Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA) junior Devante Smith answered when asked if he remained solid in the pledge he gave to Virginia Tech in the summer of 2015, at which time Frank Beamer was still head coach.

Smith has yet to speak with new head coach Justin Fuente but believes the “new staff is committed to me too.”

Might Smith listen to other schools? Have any others reached out so far this offseason?

“I haven’t really heard much from different schools yet and I haven’t really thought much about visiting other schools yet because of track,” Smith said.

Smith, who is listed on his profile as being 6’2” and weighing 185 pounds, is an “athlete” recruit. Though he has seen a lot of time at quarterback at Stonewall Jackson, which featured another Tech-bound recruit in senior running back/safety Reggie Floyd this past season, he likely projects as a wide receiver or defensive back at Virginia Tech. Smith is not sure which position Coach Fuente is eyeing him to play.

An honorable mention all-conference selection as an all-purpose offensive player, Smith threw for 491 yards and rushed for 287 more in 2015 (stats from the Washington Post). What are the offseason goals?

“I’ve been running indoor track and I have track almost 6 days a week so I haven’t been doing much other training besides track,” Smith said. “This offseason I want to go to a few camps but I’m not positive about which ones yet. During the offseason I want get bigger, stronger and faster. I also want to work on getting my body back to 100-percent.”