VA QB talks spring game visit

Graham Smith, a 6-foot-185-pound quarterback from Lunenburg Central High School in Victoria, Va, visited Wake Forest on Saturday to check out the action in the Demon Deacons annual Spring Game. Although Smith is still a sophomore, he's become a hot prospect after leading the Chargers to a record of 21-6 the past two season as a starter.

"We arrived at noon on Saturday," said Smith. "It was a beautiful day to tour the campus. It was a gorgeous place. I had never been there before and I enjoyed looking around and touring the facilities. They mentioned to me that they're in the process of renovating the locker rooms. Then we went to watch the game. I got on the field afterward and had some good interaction with Coach Elrod and Tanner Price.

"They didn't show a whole lot on offense because it was on television, but from what I've seen I think the offense would be a good fit for me. I've just recently started talking to Wake. We emailed them about a month ago and heard back a couple of weeks later inviting us to the Spring Game. I'm definitely planning on making Wake Forest one of my camps this summer."

At Lunenburg Central in southern Virginia, Smith had more than 1100 passing yards at a 60-percent completion rate in his second year as a starter in 2012. He led his team to the state Division 1 quarterfinals and was named second team All-District for his sophomore performance.

"We run the spread and the double-wing offense," Smith said. "They're kind of on opposite ends of the spectrum, but we've had success with it the past two seasons. I think [at quarterback] I do I good job of getting the ball to the playmakers. I want to put up points and take every advantage the defense gives us. Being a leader on the field, I believe, is a prerequisite for a quarterback. My role is to take charge of the offense and hold the team together when faced with adversity."

Smith was selected to play in for Team USA in the under 18 game versus Canada this past February in Austin, Texas. He said his summer camp schedule will likely include Wake Forest, Virginia, Duke, Michigan State, Oregon, Miami (Fla.), and several of the Ivy League colleges. This spring Smith is competing in the 100 meter dash, relay events, and the discuss. He reports a perfect 4.0 GPA.


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