Graham Smith, a 6-foot-185-pound quarterback from Lunenburg Central High School in Victoria, Va,…
2015 Intro: Graham Smith
"Smith gets rid of the ball quickly, is accurate and makes quick decisions,' said Brian Dohn, the East Coast Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports NEXT. "He shows good arm strength and the ability to throw the deep ball. He release point is high, which helps maximize his size. He also has a fluid release."
"I am a prototypical pro-style quarterback," Smith explains. "I have a big arm and love to throw the ball to the skill guys and let the playmakers do their magic. It is a fun game to watch and it is a really fun game to be a part of."
These skills led to Smith being selected to play for Team USA in the under 18 game versus Canada in February in Austin, Texas. And of course his accolades has not gone unnoticed from schools.
"I think in today's recruiting process it is never too early to get a feel for a program and a university."
The Chargers sophomore quarterback one step ahead on that front. The 2015 prospect not only hitting the gym this spring, but also visiting a couple of BCS schools.
"I have been training especially hard in the weight room, classroom and visiting schools," Smith explains. "I have had the opportunity to visit UVa, Duke and Wake Forest for Spring games and each visit was unique."
Virginia was the first stop for Smith. In Charlottesville, Smith and his family had the chance to talk with the Cavalier's new Offensive Coordinator Steve Fairchild.
"I really liked Coach Fairchild, he seemed like a relaxed, intelligent type of person that I would enjoy being mentored by for four years," he said. "UVa is in a transition year with the addition of Coach Fairchild. I am really looking forward to seeing how much of a true pro-style offense he runs. We are in an era where the NFL is starting to look a lot more like college every day."
"This season will show me a lot about the type of schemes and system UVa settles into and I can't wait. I think it is going to be dynamic and a lot of defenses are going to be caught off guard. With the opponents the Cavs have lined up this season, this could be one of the toughest schedules in the history of UVA football. If Coach London can put together a winning season this year there will be a lot of happy ‘Hoos in Hooville indeed. "
Smith, however, says his trip to Duke and Wake Forest was equally successful.
"There is definitely a buzz in the air surrounding Duke football and it was evident during the Spring game," stated Smith. "I think things really started catching fire there last season. I was able to attend a couple of games there and the players were excited, the crowds were dynamic and the coaches were just thrilled to see their game plans executed so well."
"Coach (David) Cutcliffe has the Duke offense clicking on all cylinders. With such a deep stable of running backs and such a great run threat at QB, defenses are going to be on their heels this season. About the time they figure out what Anthony Boone is going to do; he will burn them with a sixty yard strike downfield for a TD. Contagious stuff. Makes a player like me really want to improve every aspect of my game so I can play for a Coach like Coach Cut."
"As far as recruitment at Wake Forest goes, I had the chance to meet Coach (Tom) Elrod for the first time after the Spring Game and have been sending updates to him via email," said Smith. "I loved the Wake offense. It had a lot in common with the style of offense we run at Central. It demonstrated a healthy balance of run and pass. I feel that the staff did a great job of running the offense with a control of time and tempo. They were able to keep the defense guessing most of the afternoon. I can definitely see myself playing in their style of offense with a smooth transition."
Virginia, Duke and Wake Forests were recent visits by the Victoria, Virginia standout, but they are not the only schools sending attention his way. Georgia, LSU, Miami, Princeton, Louisville are just some of the teams already checking in on the young star.
Although these schools are looking at his stats on his gridiron, which are impressive, his 4.0 GPA makes him a star in the classroom as well.
"I am pretty serious about my academics and hope to pursue a career in medicine/surgery,"he said.
Smith says UVa, Wake Forest, and Duke all offer great academics and football, but of course there is still a long process before he makes a decision.
Smith is mapping out his summer camp schedule, which will likely include: Wake Forest, Duke, Oregon, Miami (Fla.) and one camp that Smith is familiar with, Virginia's QB camp.
"I am really looking forward to getting back there a bigger, stronger, faster version of the Graham they have seen in the past."
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