The Hokies have landed their second verbal pledge in as many days. Tonight, it's offensive lineman (guard) Tyrell Smith (6-5, 255 per Andy Bitter) from powerhouse program Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey. 247Sports ranks Smith as a 3-star prospect, while Rivals.com rates him as a 2-star recruit.
Todderick Hunt of NJ.com wrote a nice feature on Smith last December.
"I'm best at run blocking, especially when we run inside zone plays. When I have to block down on an inside lineman, it's going to be a mismatch for him."
Smith, who claims a 315-pound bench press and 500 pound squat, can't wait to get back to football. Since the season ended, he has been working to improve his body for the rigors of the upcoming season.
"I want to gain about 10 to 15 more pounds," he said. "Once we get back from winter break in January, we're starting lifting with the team. But, I've been lifting since the season ended."
Smith is another camper to earn a scholarship from Tech.
Smith had an excellent camp at Tech on June 2. Held his own against top junior D-linemen such as Shy Tuttle (DT) and Josh Sweat (DE).— TechSideline.com (@TechSideline) June 26, 2013
His highlights are below.
I'm sure French will have thoughts on his film once he's no longer stranded at the airport. Personally, I'm intrigued by Smith's upside. Don Bosco puts him out in space a bunch, whether that's pulling, folding, leading on a screen, and he locates and smothers the defenders well. There are a bunch of plays that show him sealing the tackle or d-end playing across from him, and that's a technique that will serve him well in Grimes' scheme. It's tough to tell from the film, but he looks to have long-ish arms, which will be a benefit to him in pass protection at the next level.
Welcome to HokieNation Tyrell!