Breaking down what TE Lecitus Smith means to Hokies

We break down what Smith's commitment means for VT, with analysis by Scout's Chad Simmons.

Virginia Tech has gotten help in a number of areas for the 2017 class. And now, it added to its haul at tight end. On Tuesday afternoon, Fitzgerald (Ga.) three-star tight end Lecitus Smith announced his commitment via Twitter.

But what does his decision mean for the Hokies? We break down Smith’s commitment and how he got to this point. 

https://twitter.com/lecitus_smith/status/743171929306079232

The Decision

Smith has been a force at multiple spots over the past few years. That's made him an attractive option for a number of schools.

In this case, Virginia Tech was among the first schools to jump in with an offer. The Hokies offered in early March, after watching his film and meeting as a staff.

Since then, Smith has added a number of offers, including from Cincinnati, South Florida, Oklahoma State and last month, Arkansas. Neither of the major in-state schools, Georgia or Georgia Tech offered, though Georgia Southern and Georgia State both did.

In April, Smith also got his first look at  Virginia Tech. He was on hand for the Hokies' spring game and came away with plenty of positives, including the atmosphere and the coaching staff.

In the time since that visit, Smith has been a big priority. Even as H-backs committed, Smith was sought after as a tight end who could block well. And though it wasn't quite expected, at least from the staff standpoint, the Hokies welcomed his addition Tuesday,

What it means for the class

At 6'4" and 255 pounds, Smith has been used mostly at tight end, as a blocker. He can catch, but he could also be a candidate to move to tackle.

Smith has played primarily tight end, while also playing some tackle in jumbo packages and also as a defensive end. That has helped make him plenty athletic and able to play multiple positions, including tackle, where Scout.com projected him.

Smith also has experience at the championship level. Fitzgerald finished as state runner-up last season.

Virginia Tech has already taken a pair of h-backs in three-stars Dalton Keene and Drake Deluliis. The Hokies are now certainly done at the position. The first two are more receivers, while Smith is more of a blocker.

Much of where Smith will play depends on how the rest of the class shakes out. He could be a luxury at tight end, or bulk up and move to tackle

http://www.scout.com/player/207411-lecitus-smith/news?year=2016&s=191

Expert Analysis

“Smith is obviously a big body and someone I would even call a jumbo athlete. He helped his team get to the state championship game last year and he's done a lot of different things, from playing tight end. He's been primarily used as a blocker, though, not a guy who gets down the field vertically. I've projected him for a year or year and a half as a future offensive tackle. I like his frame. He's a little bit on the shorter side for a tackle, but he has very long arms, good reach that compensates for his height.

He's pretty athletic and mobile for a guy his size. He can drive guys off the ball, he can move pretty well in space for a kid his size and he's still raw. He has to work on his technique and fundamentals, potentially as an offensive tackle, but I really like his upside. I think we have him ranked higher than any network in our industry and he has a lot of upside down the road."

-- Chad Simmons, Scout.com southeast recruiting analyst 

What it means for Virginia Tech as a program

Smith's addition opens up more options on offense. He'll never be a guy who will run 20 yards downfield for a catch, but opens up more things around the goal line especially. 

Again, it's still not 100 percent that he'll play tight end. He's been primarily a blocker and with his frame, he could be a perfect candidate to bulk up and slide over.

That said, it's difficult to project when he could make an impact. The safe bet is a redshirt, but there are still plenty of factors still at play.


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