Dominion linebacker Chad Smith has used spring combines to make a name for himself around the country with strong outings against high-level competition. His play earned him recognition at the Army All-American Underclassmen camp in San Antonio and at the March 8 NFL Prep 100 camp in Owings Mills he ranked second among the 100 prospects who attended.
Last Monday, Wisconsin wide receivers coach Chris Beatty called Dominion Coach Karl Buckwhalter and became the first Big Ten school to offer Smith.
“The conversation was great between Coach Beatty and I,” Smith said. “He told me they would love to have me and love to see me in a Badgers uniform.”
The offer was Smith’s 11th to date, and later that day the 6-foot-4 linebacker displayed the strength that has college coaches viewing the Sterling school as a must-stop this spring. At the end of his advanced physical education, class Smith dunked a basketball with so much force that he broke the rim.
“After I did that I just looked around with big eyes,” Smith said of his thunderous dunk. “Apparently it was loose already, but I don’t know to what extent.”
Smith said he plans to attend a Nike camp at Centreville High in late April, but in the summer he won’t solely shift his focus to football. He’s taking two summer classes — English and U.S. govermnent — in order to graduate early in December. Smith also plans to make several college visits over the summer.
The decision to join the trend of early enrollees in the area will accelerate his commitment date and Smith plans to make his decision around the season’s kick-off.
With the amount of speed he possesses, Smith projects as an outside linebacker at the next level and his physicality makes his a strong backer in coverage.
“I want to contribute right away wherever I go, I don’t want to redshirt and I feel I can start,” Smith said. “You get a head start over the kids who come to college in the summer and get an earlier look at the playbook on the defensive side.”
In the fall, he will take three classes at Dominion and two classes at Northern Virginia Community College that will count toward his college credits at whatever school he chooses.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 5
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