Smith Setting Visits

4-star prospect Jay Smith was in Blacksburg yesterday making his first ever visit to Virginia Tech. Jay's father, Mordecai, discussed the experience and which schools, if any, may be standing out above the rest.

4-star prospect Jay Smith was in Blacksburg yesterday making his first ever visit to Virginia Tech. Jay's father, Mordecai, discussed the experience and which schools, if any, may be standing out above the rest.

"When we got there, Curt Newsome met us and then we met with head coach Frank Beamer," Smith said. "We met with coach Beamer for about 40 minutes. It was great that he took the time to talk with Jay and myself about everything. He talked about Virginia Tech and what they are trying to achieve and how he sees Jay fitting into the program. Jay was impressed.

"After meeting with coach Beamer, we talked to a few other coaches and then we met with academic personnel. The academic support group really impressed me. We had a lot of questions about whether or not Jay would be able to get an Architecture degree and play football, and I thought it went great.

"After that, we met with wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman. Jay had not seen him before, so it was good to talk to him. It went well. He had a good talk with him. Then we had an opportunity to tour the facilities and Lane Stadium. It was nice, but I always stress to Jay not to get caught up in the facilities. Still, he called his mother from midfield to let her know we were standing out there on the 50-yard line (laughs).

"Overall, Jay was treated very, very nicely while he was there. The visit went great and Virginia Tech is an excellent program."

Other highlights on yesterday's trip included checking out preseason practice and talking with a few players.

"Jay had the chance to be on the field when practice was going on," Smith said. "I think seeing a practice confirmed to him that he could play on that level. He was excited. I think he actually wanted to suit up and get out there.

"Jay also attended a wide receivers meeting. He told me that the players were ‘good people' and that he enjoyed talking with them. He sensed that they were very serious about the upcoming season. He appreciates that, because he's very serious when it comes to football."

At this point, Smith does not have any more unofficial visits planned before the start of his senior season – his first at Lake Taylor High School.

"He's really committed to helping the program with the Eastern district championship and possibly a state championship," Smith said. "Jay's having a great time with his new teammates. They have all gotten along really well. Plus, he's up to about 6-4 and 200 pounds right now. He's anxious to play this year."

Previously, Mordecai listed eight schools at the top of his son's list – Clemson, Miami, Michigan State, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Jay has set two official visits already – to Tennessee for the weekend of September 16th and to Virginia Tech on the weekend of September 30th – and plans to make unofficial visits to N.C. State and UVa (for the UNC game), respectively. Smith will visit Miami at some point as well.

Are any schools standing out above the rest?

"It's hard to say," Mordecai said. "There are no clear favorites, but I will say that Jay has been chiming in a lot recently about four schools. In alphabetical order, they are Clemson, Miami, N.C. State and Virginia Tech. I don't want to say they are the favorites and I don't want to slight any school, but those are the schools he has mentioned more of recently."

Smith continues to want to make a decision by October 26th, which is his birthday.


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