Smith Picks Up His First Offer

Liam Smith received his first offer on Saturday during his visit to Virginia. The 2016 Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic offensive tackle discusses the Wahoos and more.

It was a weekend of firsts for Liam Smith. Not only did the 2016 Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic offensive tackle take his first unofficial visit, he also received his first offer.

"It was awesome," said Smith after receiving his offer from Virginia. "When we got to Scott Stadium to watch practice, coach Wach (Scott Wachenheim) came up to me pretty early and just talked to me for a couple of minutes and said that I was going to get an offer before I left that day.

"I was shocked and excited. I couldn't believe it was happening because it was something I've been waiting to happen for such a long time."

Although Smith did a lot of research before making his visit to Charlottesville, the visit showed him things you cannot read in pamphlets or online.

"While I was there I got a better understanding of the culture around Virginia sports. I got to talk to Coach (Mike) London and Coach Wach, and I really like what they are saying. Seeing the facilities and seeing the team practice, isn't something you can simply research."

The offensive lineman had the opportunity to learn a lot by being at a spring practice himself. One of the things that stood out was his time to see Virginia assistant Scott Wacheheim coach.

"He is a great guy. I enjoy talking to him and being with him for the day. I like the way he coaches the offensive line. He has a lot to say when he is out there."

Like Wachenheim, Smith and his family were able to talk to UVa head coach Mike London.

"It was unexpected for a head coach of a big team like that be interested in talking to him like that. He is very inspiring. He is very sharp. He has a certain eloquence when he talks that is very impressive. He is very passionate about football, you can tell when you talk to him."

Virginia maybe the first school to extend a scholarship but other schools are showing interesting.

"I've talked to Penn State, Syracuse, Boston College and Rutgers."

The New Jersey native is in touch with the in-state school, and knows Rutgers assistant Joe Rossi quite well.

"He (Rossi) is a pretty cool guy. He is fired up about the program. It is a great state school, and it is pretty close home. So it will be interesting to hear from them."

But although remaining in state is a draw, Smith says there are other factors that will determine which school he will pick.

"It (being close to home) plays a little role, but it is not that important. I just want a great education and a chance to play for a great school and a great coaching staff for a good team."

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