Virginia head coach Al Groh got some more good news Monday, when Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) WR Tim Smith (not that Timmy Smith, pictured at left) orally committed to play for the Cavaliers. Smith is listed at 6-0 185 and has been clocked at 4.4 in the 40 with a 40-inch vertical leap, according to the Roanoke Times. Smith also had offers from Louisville, WVU, BC, and 10+ other schools, and becomes commitment #21 for the class of 2009. 13 of the 21 have now come from in-state, and Smith is the fourth from Hampton Roads.
Depending on whether you believe the Roanoke Times or the Virginian-Pilot & Richmond Times-Dispatch, Smith has either 988 or 986 receiving yards in nine games this season. All sources agree he has 41 catches and 15 receiving TDs to date, along with three scores on kick returns. Smith caught TD passes of 53 & 73 yards two weeks ago in a 40-6 win over Nansemond River, and scored twice more in last weekend’s 49-0 victory over Deep Creek.
Oscar Smith head coach Richard Morgan (not that Richard Morgan, pictured at right) calls Smith the “best receiver in the state of Virginia,” and wonders “what his stats would be if he played four quarters,” noting that most wins this year have been blowouts. Morgan goes on to call Smith “as good as anyone I’ve ever had,” which includes last year’s senior WRs Todd Harrelson (redshirting at UNC) and Kerry Boykins (redshirting at Maryland). Smith, he says, is “faster, has a better vertical and is more explosive.” He’s “shattering all the records of all the guys we had before him.”
Smith’s current teammates for the 9-0 and nationally-ranked (#13 USA Today, #8 ESPN) Tigers include LB Jerod Askew – a Tennessee commit – and fellow Virginia commit Perry Jones. Jones, who plays both LB and RB, has 4.3 speed but at 5-7 178 projects as a safety for Virginia. Smith told the Pilot that he plans to play “right away” and room with Jones at Virginia. Morgan told the RTD that Jones’ earlier commitment “helps with [Smith’s] comfort level.” Back in May, he noted “Tim and Perry are very good friends, so that certainly won’t hurt Virginia.” Perry, per Morgan, “could have gotten 150 offers and he still would have gone to Virginia.”
In May, Morgan also mentioned a planned preseason meeting with Virginia “coaches to talk about their situation at quarterback and what they have planned for the passing game. As you can tell from schools like Louisville, South Carolina and West Virginia, [Smith] wants to go somewhere where they emphasize the passing.” Virginia’s recent success and offensive scheme must have been a big hit for Smith. Morgan said this week that Smith is “used to winning, so he wants to go some place he’s going to play and he’s going to help a team win. [Virginia is] winning, and they’re throwing.”
Morgan also believes another factor led to Smith & Jones becoming the first two Oscar Smith players to commit to Virginia during his seven-year tenure: “To be quite honest, Virginia can’t go out and offer just anybody, and these kids did a good job of getting their grades in the 3.0 range that UVa is looking for.”
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