Will Smith having a big year

Will Smith, a Winston-Salem native playing his prep ball at Christchurch School in Virginia, is enjoying a successful senior season. The Seahorses are 7-0 and ranked No. 2 among Virginia Independent Schools with one regular season game remaining. Smith talked about the season and more...here..

"It's been a good season," said Will Smith. "We get to host the semifinals and the finals in the playoffs. This is only my second season playing, so I think my overall game has improved from where I was last year. My pass protection has always been my best trait, but I think I'm improved most with run blocking. From my task to my technique to my finish, I feel like I've improved in every aspect."

Christchurch is a private Episcopal boarding school located near the Chesapeake Bay about 300 miles from Winston-Salem. Although Smith has athletic and scholastic commitments, he's been able to make a couple of trips to see his future team in action.

"I went to the N.C. State and FSU games," Smith said. "I usually talk with Coach Lobo (Lobotzke) once a week. Coach Billings sends me messages before my games wishing me good luck. Joel Suggs, another offensive line recruit, and I talk every other day. We update each other on how things are going. I'm slowly getting to know some of my teammates on Facebook like Anthony Rook and Tyler Hayworth."

Smith, 6-foot-5, 285-pounds, said after his commitment in July from Wake Forest his recruiting "shutdown." He isn't talking with any other schools and is planning on taking his official visit to Wake Forest after the season.

"Joel (Suggs) was saying the coaches want most of the recruits to take their official visit at the same time," Smith stated. "I need to get with Coach Lobo and find out when that will be. After the season, I'm planning on playing basketball which was actually my main sport before I took up football. I think it will help me achieve a lot of the things I want to do in sharpening my footwork."

The Demon Deacons have a senior-dominated offensive line this season. With all the graduation departures, there should be plenty of competition for positioning on the depth chart in 2012, and Smith wants to be right there in the mix.

"My expectation is to compete for playing time the second I get there," Smith said. "I know I'm going to have to bust my tail to work my way up. The coaches want to put me in the position where I'll succeed the soonest, so it may be tackle, guard, or even center.

"I'm versatile and being new to the game I haven't developed any bad habits. I may try to add some weight, but Coach Lobo told me not to stay under 300 (pounds)."

Smith will represent the 'South' side in the Chesapeake Bowl featuring senior All-Stars from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Smith and the Seahorses finish the regular season with St. Anne's-Belfield, their biggest rival.

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