Lafayette wide receiver Thomas Smith, a rising senior, has received a scholarship off to play football for Virginia Tech, Lafayette head coach Andy Linn said on Thursday.
Linn said that Smith, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound wide receiver, received an offer from Tech earlier this week, days after attending a one-day camp in Blacksburg on Saturday. Linn said indications are that Smith will accept the scholarship offer, but will likely attend Fork Union Military Academy for a semester before moving on to Tech in January 2013.
Linn said that Smith is a year younger than most high school seniors, so the plan all along has been for him to play at a prep school for a semester after graduating high school. Linn said that Tech coaches are encouraging that plan.
"I think this scenario perfect, because he needs that time to catch up maturity-wise," Linn said. "I think this was meant to be.
"Thomas loves it at Virginia Tech."
Smith caught 27 passes for 558 yards as a junior, despite not playing receiver for nearly three games because of a broken hand. One of the Bay Rivers District's strongest and most athletic players, Smith has been clocked at 4.53 in the 40.