Norcom QB Jacoby Smith (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Bluefield shows up to Norcom and leaves QB Jacoby Smith with his first offer
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
It was a storybook ending for the Greyhounds at the end of last season.
We all found out that a hero’s journey doesn’t always end with him pulling out the sword of the stone and saving the land from a dragon threatening to conquer the land. We also learned that just because you’re supposed to win doesn’t mean that you always will.
Larry Archie is out and Robert Jackson is in. But the task at hand still remains and that’s delivering Norcom, its community, and its fan base the championship that proves to be more elusive than anything anyone could ever imagine.
Stability will start at the top with starting quarterback Jacoby Smith (2020 QB 6-0 208) who already has a few seasons under his belt of leading the Greyhounds offense. On Monday, Bluefield College showed up to Norcom and presented him with his first offer.
“One of the recruiters was at our practice yesterday and he was talking to all the seniors,” Smith explained. “Then he came up to me and asked me about my grade point average and SAT score.
After that he offered me. It feels good to get my first offer. I don’t have a relationship with them yet, but we’re going to build on that.”
Last year, Smith completed 109-of-194 passes for 1,556 yards and 17 touchdowns. CaSaan Dixon, Celon Lawrence, and Karon Prunty were his primary targets. With Dixon and Lawrence graduating, expect Karon Prunty (2020 WR/FS 6-2 180), Maurice Outten (2020 WR 6-0 70), and Wilson transfer Shyhiem Cannon (2021 WR 6-0 160) to keep a lot of defensive backs on their toes.
“We still have play makers and my timing with them is getting better with each and every practice,” Smith said.
Despite picking up his first offer, Smith acknowledges there’s still a lot of work that needs to be completed. When asked about his goals for the season he stated, “To hit 2,000 passing yards and take it game-by-game in trying to take it to states.”
Norcom starts off the season against Petersburg on September 5 before heading out to Hopewell just a week later. The Greyhounds have taken two of the last three contests against the Blue Devils with the last one coming during the Region 3A semi-finals last season. Norcom knocked off Hopewell at Merner Field 14-12.
– Brandon Mitchell