Four-star Smith Still Looking at Tech

Donovan Smith

Donovan Smith was hoping to trim his list by now, but the four-star offensive lineman from Owings Mills (Md.) High continues to get interest from new schools, making the trimming apsect difficult. He already knows five schools that will make his cut, and talked to VTInsider.com about it. Where do the Hokies stand? Come inside and find out.

By now, four-star offensive tackle Donovan Smith of Owings Mills (Md.) High figured he would begin paring his list of suitors, but those plans are on hold because the interest level in him continues to grow.

When he does trim the list, though, he knows Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, UCLA, and Virginia will make it.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Smith added Virginia Tech has the opportunity to make the cut despite not making a trip to Blacksburg, Va., in the summer.

"They're still under consideration," Davis said. "I've spoken to (assistant) coach (Kevin) Sherman. They send me a lot of hand-written letters and other stuff. It doesn't look like I'm going to be able to get down there in the summer, but I'm going to try and get down there game week. I'm still looking at them."

Smith acknowledged the recruiting process has not progressed exactly how he thought it would, including the continued interest from new schools and the potential for more offers.

One instance is North Carolina, which is on his list of five schools which will make his cut. The Tar Heels are yet to offer, but that could happen shortly.

"I'm not cutting it down yet, but I know those schools, when I do cut it down, will make the cut," Smith said. "I'm still picking up offers. I'm thinking I'm getting ready to narrow it down and make it easier on myself, but more schools just keep offering."

When it does come time to cut the list, Smith will still have plenty of schools on it.

"I'll probably have a top 10 or 12," he said. "I was planning on cutting it in August, but I'm still wide open. I'm going to leave room for more schools if they offer.

"At first I really didn't understand the process. Now, I understand it more and it's what I expected. If you ‘re a top recruit, everybody is going to be after you. They're going to do what they have to do to try and get you."

When it does come time to make a decision, it will not be solely based on football.

"It's 75-25 with me," Smith said. "Academics is 75 percent because my thing is everybody's not promised the NFL. I'm still going to put my heart and soul into football as well as the books."

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