Virginia Tech has entered the race for a sleeper linebacker in Virginia. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder landed the offer not too long ago and is quite high on the Hokies at this stage.
"I got the offer a couple weeks ago from Virginia Tech," Newport News (Va.) Warwick linebacker David Smith said. "I'm not even sure how it happened. I guess they just liked my GPA and me in general, cause my coach called me and told me they offered."
The scholarship came as a surprise to the two-star.
"Yeah, I was excited," he said. "I was really excited. That was my goal and I can't say I was surprised, but it was like a relief to get something like that."
Smith went further on his newest offer.
"Ever since I was little I wanted to go to Virginia Tech," he said. "I want to see how things play out though, how my future plays out, but I like Tech cause of the engineering school. That's what I plan to go to college for. I'm looking at their roster as well to see if I'll actually get playing time, but I like the offer a lot."
Smith has no visits planned for the near future due to camp, but noted plans to try to visit schools during the season.
In addition to his eight offers from Hampton, Howard, Marshall, Navy, Old Dominion, Richmond, Temple and William & Mary, Smith is hearing from the likes of Penn State and Duke.
So, it seems like Tech is the favorite. Is that fair?
"Yeah, that's fair to say, but who wouldn't be. I am still open though," he said. "I'm not that close to a decision either. I have a vision of what I want. I originally wanted to do it before the season, but probably not now. I'm looking towards September or October to see who else might offer. I wouldn't say nobody else isn't close to Tech. Tech is the school I'd go to if I mainly focused on football cause of their program."
As he waits it out, Smith went in-depth on what he wants in a college.
"It depends on the role I take when I go to a school. I'm trying to look for a job after college and a family base," he said. "I'm looking for a place that I can develop my skills and develop relationships with the coaches."
The Hampton Roads prospect noted that he is getting looks both as a safety and linebacker.
"Some schools are saying linebacker, but some are saying I'm going to be a safety," he said. "Linebacker would be great, but I'll take whatever the best opportunity is."
Smith and Warwick open the season on August 31st against Phoebus.