Collin Smith was looking for a place he felt comfortable, and found that in West Virginia. With a pair of visits in the spring and early summer, the physical safety, who also plays quarterback for Ligonier Valley High School in Pennsylvania, found what he was searching for.
"The main thing I was looking for was a place where I was going to be comfortable. I am going to be living and playing there for the next four years, so it had to be a place where I felt comfortable," he said. "I felt that at West Virginia. I really paid attention to the coaching staff on my visits, and the way they coach. WVU has a great staff."
Smith also plays quarterback at Ligonier Valley, and will continue with his double duty this year. He's slated for a safety spot at West Virginia, though, where he will be coached by recruiter Matt Caponi.
Smith had offers from Michigan, Boston College, Louisville, Colorado State, Connecticut, Temple and Buffalo. He also had interest from in-state schools Pitt and Penn State.
Smith's father played at Marshall from 1989-91, but Collin noted with a laugh that his choice of WVU was no problem for his dad.
Smith's commitment boosts West Virginia's 2017 class to a total of six players. He is the third defensive back to join the class.The Mountaineers' class is now rated 57th nationally by Scout.com, and seventh in the Big 12 Conference.