Ashburn, Va (August 12, 2014) –
Chad Smith, a rising senior at Dominion High School, is impressive beyond just his accepted offer to play football at Clemson University. He boasts an lengthy list of accomplishments as a Titan, secured a spot as a D1 player, and completed his senior year a semester early. For a kid barely out of high school, his future looks bright.
As four year starter for the Titans, Smith played just about every position he could – moving from free safety, linebacker, running back, tight-end to just about wherever the team needed him. Having been involved with Loudoun Youth leagues since he was six years old as well as winning a national championship with the Vienna Steelers, Smith’s football career started young.
Although Smith was homeschooled until age 14, his parents realized that in order for him to achieve his football dreams, he would need a solid high school program. They talked to multiple coaches throughout the Loudoun and Metro DC area, but kept coming back to Dominion as a place where Smith could get everything he needed.
Through the help of his youth coaches, Dominion Football team, and his parents, Smith is now off to start the next chapter with a new family – the Clemson Tigers. Grabbing 12 overall D1 offers – from schools like Pitt, VT, and Wisconsin – there was no second guessing once he saw Clemson. His new field boasts “the best 25 seconds in college football” as well as a small town, supportive atmosphere.
Smith credits his success to his involved in the youth football leagues which prepared him for high school, successfully as the young freshman was offered a spot on varsity. The constant support of his coaches and parents helped him achieve his lifelong goal of playing Division 1 football.
That’s not to pass all the credit off Smith himself. He’s worked hard off the field as well, pushing himself towards a goal of early graduation. After meeting an early-enrollee during a recruiting trip, Smith was determined to follow suit. After seeking the advice of the Dominion counseling staff and approve of the Principal, early graduation was a reality. By taking college classes at NOVA both his junior spring and senior fall semesters, Smith will graduate early January with all his high school and Division 1 eligibility requirements completed.
Although Chad Smith will be leaving home earlier than most D1 players, shipping off Janurary 5th, he’s ready to move down to his new home. “I knew this is where I had to be,” Smith remarked while recalling his official visit to Clemson.
Best wishes to Smith and his family on this next leg of their football journey.