Oscar Smith High School wideout Timothy Smith was excited about his first air travel, and was just as enthusiastic with the results of his trip to West Virginia for the Mountaineers' 27-3 win over Marshall last weekend.
"It was a nice trip," Smith reported. "The flight up was pretty short, but the one back was a little longer, so I got a chance to enjoy that. It was pretty cool. I went up with my teammate Jerod Askew, and when we got to West Virginia we met with a lot of other recruits from Virginia. Tajh Boyd and Logan Heastie were there, and we talked with Morgan Moses and Dominik Davenport and Shawne Alston, and I also spent some time with Mike Carter from Florida."
That mingling of recruits and verbal commitments is just what coaching staffs have in mind when creating a mix of players on game weekends, and it certainly hit the right note with Smith. He took full advantage of the visit to learn more about WVU, and also get to know what could well end up being a big group of his future teammates.
"I was up at West Virginia for the spring game, but on this trip I got more time to talk with the coaches," he said. "They told me they think I could play either slot receiver or outside, so I talked with both Lonnie Galloway and Chris Beatty. I was able to spend a good bit of time with them. I also talked with Coach Stewart, and just had the chance to see more about the program."
The visit to West Virginia is the start of a busy October for Smith, and one that appears to be moving the recruiting process into high gear. He has visits to Virginia this weekend and Louisville on Oct. 18, and then will begin considering his choice of schools.
"After the visits I will sit down with my family and start going through the process of making my choice," he said. "I don't have a timetable, but I will probably make a choice pretty soon after that. Some of the things that are important to me are the team's style of play and the depth chart. I don't want to redshirt. I want to be able to play. Academics are also a big consideration – right now I am interested in accounting."
West Virginia looks to be in good shape in the final competition. Smith likes West Virginia's offensive system, and thinks he would be a good fit in it. However, it's by no means a done deal, as both the Cardinals and Cavaliers figure to mount strong cases of their own.
Smith's season is off to a great start. Oscar Smith High is off to a 5-0 start, including a win over Heastie's Great Bridge team.
"We didn't talk any on the field, but it's a little different when you meet on a recruiting visit," Smith said. "I know he's strong with West Virginia, and we got the chance to talk some."
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Smith has enjoyed the recruiting process to date.
"It hasn't been a problem or anything," he said. "I've gotten the chance to see a lot."