Lecitus Smith, one of the better blocking tight ends in the country, committed to Virginia Tech on Wednesday and is relieved to have ended his recruitment.
“It feels like so much weight off my shoulders,” Smith said. “When I called Coach (James) Shibest and gave him the good news, I felt really good about it. It gives me more time to focus on my school work and my last season of football.”
Coach Shibest, the new tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at Virginia Tech, was Smith’s primary recruiter. Smith says that he and Shibest have grown close throughout the process.
“Me and Coach Shibest have a real nice bond,” Smith said. “Ever since that day that he offered me, he hits me up just about every day. We talk on the phone some nights and he messages me just about every day on Twitter.”
Modern recruiting is now a 24-7 process. Players are constantly communicating with coaches, and Smith was no different. Smith said he enjoyed some of the attention, but that the process itself is pretty stressful.
“Sometimes, I’d get off work and coaches would be messaging me at 1 a.m. in the morning, or I’d be going into work and get a phone call at the last second,” Smith said. “They constantly message you left and right. There are so many coaches at the same time, trying to convince me to...
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