By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 2, 2014) – Woodgrove High School senior Chase Smith has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Virginia Military Institute football program starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“When weighing my options between all the schools, VMI stood out to me as a school that would most prepare me for after college,” said the 6-foot-2 Smith. “It’s somewhere where I can earn a profound degree, work towards serving our country and also playing Division I football.”
Smith said being committed to play DI college football is not only a relief but putting his name on paper brings more anxiety.
“I’m relieved that the process is over but at the same time I want to get going and start competing for the starting job,” Smith said.
The Lovettsville-native will have to fight for the starting center job over Mike Maloney who will be a redshirt senior in 2014. Last season, Maloney served as the backup center behind Will Lucas who is slated to graduate in May.
In 2013, the DI Keydets finished 2-10 including a 1-4 record in the Big South Conference failing to win a single game on the road.
When Smith gets to VMI this summer, he said they will “get a tough, smart, downhill intense player with a good work ethic.”
Smith proved his work ethic this spring as he helped block for the Wolverine’s 2,600-yard rusher in senior running back Josh Sweet. Last fall, Sweet rushed for 2,677 yards on 380 carries and 39 touchdowns!
“Woodgrove in my opinion was put on the map as a program the past years due to all the hard work that the team put in,” Smith said. “I’m very thankful to be a part of that and be coached by the best coaches in Loudoun County.”
Smith noted he has always been an athlete and football has been his favorite sport for as long as he can remember, ever since his parents got him started.
“I play football simply because I love the game. I like being able to change my personality into an aggressive player which I don’t get to do during school,” Smith said. “What keeps me motivated is the thrill and the adrenalin that I get when I run out in front of all the people.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!