Projected Position: Safety
Rivals: 3-star, No. 53 safety, No. 22 player in VA
247: 3-star, No. 86 safety, No. 28 player in VA
ESPN: 3-star, No. 85 safety, No. 33 player in VA
Scout: 3-star, No. 96 safety
Other Power 5 offers: Zero
Devante Smith committed to Virginia Tech way back on July 20, 2015. He stuck with his commitment to Virginia Tech despite the coaching change, and the Hokies stuck with their commitment to Smith as well, even though they pulled the scholarship offers from a couple of his defensive classmates after Justin Fuente was hired. He’s a tough player to evaluate, but we’ll give it our best shot.
Smith is hard to evaluate because he played quarterback in high school, whereas he’s expected to play one of the safety positions at Virginia Tech. His highlight film shows no more than 10 defensive plays, which makes it completely impossible to get anywhere close to a feel for his defensive abilities. This scouting report is going to be nothing more than a shot in the dark.
Good size: HokieSports.com currently lists Smith at 6-feet and 190-pounds. That’s about the same size Chuck Clark was coming out of high school, which means Smith could potentially play Rover or Free Safety.
Good ball skills: Smith goes up in traffic and catches the ball with his hands like a wide receiver. That’s always a good trait for a defensive back.
Other than that? I really can’t see any traits that translate well to the defensive side of the ball. I’m not saying there aren’t there, I’m sure there are. But there’s...
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