Hammonton (N.J.) St. Joseph's athlete Max Valles is committed to Virginia and one of his most talented teammates would love to follow him to Charlottesville.
That's the message Darryl Smith was getting across on Tuesday night when he spoke about the recruiting process.
Smith, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete, was a quarterback for St. Joseph's during his sophomore and junior seasons. This year he has moved to running back on offense and safety on defense and the move has paid dividends.
"The (position) change has been good," Smith explained. "It wasn't really hard. I've been playing football for a while so I've played different positions."
Smith is a versatile athlete and schools are taking notice. Colgate and Bucknell have given him verbal offers and he's also been hearing from Buffalo and Virginia from the FBS ranks and Delaware State, Monmouth and Fordham from the FCS ranks.
"I really like Virginia," Smith said. "I'm still trying to get in touch with the coaches. We have a commit for them, Max Valles, and he told me it's a great school. He went up there for an official visit last week I think. He told me it was a great atmosphere and the academics are awesome.
"I sent them my film and (the coaches) called Max back and told him they want me to come back for a game. We had a big game against Holy Spirit so my coach didn't really want me to do it but I'd like to get down there."
Virginia doesn't have many spots remaining in the Class of 2012 so it's not clear whether the Cavaliers will be willing to offer.