For a while there, I was thinking of this hire being like buying a lottery ticket, where you don’t have a clue what you’re getting until you scratch the silver or catch the numbers in the evening. But that’s not fair to Smith or the coaching staff who offered him. Smith has a resume we can all see, while the coaches have interviewed him and talked with his past coaches. On the other hand, he’s not in the media, his most prominent job was an FCS school (albeit, a great one), and we didn’t watch him in college for years. Maybe the hire is more like a poker hand that seems decent at first glance; how it looks now and what it looks like in the context of the evolving game can be completely different things, but you at least have some odds to help you play.
Smith is from the Fredericksburg area (King George), though he transferred from King George High to Blue Ridge School, a prep boarding school that lies midway between Harrisonburg and Hooville. He played his college ball at William and Mary, a school he selected over DII and DIII offerings because of its strength in academics (and despite not getting a scholarship until his senior year), and graduated in 2014. Out of the four other school-start walk-ons he enrolled with, he was the only one who made it past the first year. I can’t say much about his playing experience as a cornerback at W&M, other than his stats seemed solid in Scott Boone’s 4-3 scheme. Beyond football, he seemed to make the most of the college experience. He maintained a +3.0 GPA for all four years, was in Greek life, served as a volunteer basketball coach, and earned a business degree with...
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