Raymond (World) Smith, the lineman from H.D. Woodson who played at 465 pounds and is believed to be the largest student ever to play high school football, has decided to attend Grambling State University in Grambling, La.
The 6-foot-7 senior had originally planned to attend either Division I-AA Tennessee State or Division II Norfolk State but chose Division I-AA Grambling after he was contacted by the school's coaching staff.
Smith, who now weighs about 435, said yesterday that he had always wanted to go away to college and that Grambling was perfect for him.
"They have a good football reputation and I was impressed with Coach Eddie Robinson ," Smith said. "He talked to me about playing there and other things. I'm really looking forward to going down there. I know I have a lot to learn, but I'm willing to do the work necessary to be a good player.
"I'm sitting out redshirting next year, and I'll be on a weight program and work on my speed. I don't know where I'll play yet, but if Grambling concentrates on passing, I want to play offensive tackle. If they run a lot, I'd prefer defense. I think I'm better on pass protection."
Woodson Coach Bob Headen said Smith has played only 16 football games in his life and has a lot to learn about the game.
Headen said Smith, who has amazing quickness and agility for a person of his size, will play in the D.C. Coaches' Association all-star game July 19 at Cardozo High School.