Smith Soars to Eagles

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. -- Cardinal O'Hara High (Springfield, Pa.) receiver Thadd Smith announced he committed to Boston College, and he gave his thoughts about the decision to FOX Sports NEXT.

When Cardinal O'Hara High (Springfield, Pa.) receiver Thadd Smith looked across the Whitemarsh High field this weekend, he saw his future teammate and quarterback Darius Wade.

Yet, Smith didn't say a word because he didn't announce his commitment to Boston College until Monday.

Now that it is official, though, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Smith is eager to let everyone know Wade, a quarterback from Middletown (Del.) High, and Norwich (Conn.) Free Academy running back Marcus Outlow played a pivotal role in getting Smith to Chestnut Hill.

"Darius has been recruiting me, and Marcus Outlow helped me make my decision," Smith said during PASwag 7-on-7. "He was recruiting me hard also.

"I'm real happy. Now, I can focus on my senior season and my teammates. I don't have to worry about my decision. I can focus on my team."

Smith, who also had offers from Temple, James Madison, Toledo and Rutgers, said he fit in well with Boston College's coaching staff, and he liked the offense new coach Steve Addazio is bringing to the Eagles.

"I have a real good relationship with the coaches, and I fell in love with the school," Smith said. "Everything fell into place with it. I like that it has really good academics, I like the conference (ACC) it is in. I like the city, and I have a real good relationship with (assistant) coach (Ryan) Day and coach Addazio. That helped me make my decision. When I went up there to the Boston College campus, they treated me and my mom with open arms.

"I think I have a real good chance to come in and have an impact if I work hard."

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