Chantilly’s Raeshawn Smith commits to William & Mary football

December 17, 2013

Chantilly senior DB/WR Raeshawn Smith (right) committed to William & Mary last week (John McDonnell/The Washington Post).

Just about every time that Raeshawn Smith chatted with the William & Mary football coaches on the phone, by text or online, they would (somewhat) jokingly infer that it was time for the Chantilly senior to do what they all knew he wanted to do — commit to the Tribe.

And each time, Smith would laugh it off and continue to evaluate his growing list of Division I offers.

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Last week, however, it was Smith who made an advance toward William & Mary, committing to the Football Championship Subdivision program during an official visit.

“I was talking to Coach [Jimmye] Laycock in his office on the Sunday before I left, and I told him straight up that I loved it there and everyone treated me well and I said I’m ready to commit,” Smith said in a Monday phone interview. “They’d been putting the squeeze on me in a good way, but I didn’t want to base my decision off of that. I wanted to commit because I was ready and felt comfortable, and that’s definitely the case now.”

Smith provides the Tribe with a versatile athlete who excelled in all three phases of the game this past season, earning second-team All-Met honors as a defensive back. Despite rarely being targeted, the senior intercepted three passes on defense, racked up 868 receiving yards, 475 rushing yards and 11 scores on offense and returned two punts for touchdowns.

With this ability to make plays all over the field, Smith said both the Tribe offensive and defensive coaches are pushing for him to play on their side of ball, leaving Coach Laycock to give the senior the green light in choosing where he’d like to play.

“I’m still debating which side I want to play on,” Smith said. “I had a lot of success on offense this past season, so that’s influencing me a little bit because I feel I could do some damage at receiver, but I know I’ve played cornerback longer, so we’ll see.”

Smith also had offers from Albany, Bucknell, Campbell, Davidson, Georgetown and Lehigh and strong interest from Duke and VMI. By committing to William & Mary, Smith joins DeMatha linebacker Spencer Kleinrichert, who also pledged to The Tribe last week following his official visit to the Williamsburg campus during the same weekend.

NUMBER CRUNCH: 113
Consecutive DCIAA games won by H.D. Woodson’s girls’ basketball team before the Warriors fell to Anacostia on Monday.

BREAKFAST LINKS
-Following an undefeated season that featured a school-record 15 wins and a dominating victory against nationally-ranked Oscar Smith in Saturday’s Virginia 6A final, Centreville finished atop The Post’s final Top 20 football rankings.

-The Wildcats were also the unanimous pick in the final coaches’ poll.

-Upsets were aplenty during the first two weeks of the basketball season, leading to a reshuffled order in the first regular season boys’ and girls’ Post Top 20 hoops rankings of the year.

-An already youthful Gonzaga squad will be without its floor general indefinitely after Bryant Crawford broke his finger last week.

-Boasting what Coach Gary Hall believes to be his deepest team in his 20 years at Herndon, the Hornets gained valuable competitive experience at the Gonzaga D.C. Classic this past weekend.

-With most of the players from last year’s Maryland 4A boys’ basketball state championship team graduated, Eleanor Roosevelt is building around a new talented core this season.

-The Osbourn Eagles are off to a strong start behind their new coach and new point guard.

-Broad Run’s Mariah Leonard has added a simple yet effective weapon to her already broad arsenal: improved free-throw shooting.

-After enduring losing seasons for the past decade, Patuxent downed perennial power Thomas Stone and is off to a 3-1 start.

-Riverdale Baptist ‘s girls’ basketball team will return to the Nike Tournament of Champions this week in Phoenix with hopes of finishing first among the tough bracket of teams.

-Bolstered by a strong summer together on the AAU circuit, Severna Park’s boys’ basketball team is growing into an early contender.

VIDEO OF THE DAY
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BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY
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WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
No. 19 Robinson (4-0) at W.T. Woodson (2-2), 7:30 p.m.
The Cavaliers, led by junior guard Eric Bowles, will continue their tough early slate Tuesday when they play host to the undefeated Rams, marking their third ranked opponent in five games this season.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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