Phoebus DB Latrelle Smith (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
New Head Coach Mike London signs his first class with William and Mary
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Mike London’s first signing class at William and Mary can be called nothing but a success.
The Tribe found talent in-state, up and down the east coast, and as far away as Texas, Canada and even Poland. The ten that were signed this week are added to the eight athletes who signed in the Early Signing Period.
“We are very excited about our 2019 recruiting class,” London said. “In a short time we have added some elite football players who will impact our roster in all phases of the game. We have added profile size, speed, and athleticism while addressing roster needs. We have a very thorough evaluation system, and we are thrilled with the outcome of the recruiting cycle. Attacking Virginia, our recruiting footprint, as well as expanding our reach into Canada, Georgia and Texas, we have found elite athletes with a competitive edge from well-respected high school programs. We expect our student-athletes to hold up the standards of ‘Go to class. Show class. Treat people with dignity and respect.'”
The biggest local commit for London was Phoebus wide receiver and defensive back Latrelle Smith (2019 WR/DB 5-10 175). Smith signed his NLI at a school ceremony on Wednesday.
Coach London on Smith: “Latrelle, coming to W&M as a wide receiver, is an all-around football player who can potentially add depth to both sides of the ball. A Class 3 All State-Selection at defensive back and as a punt returner, Latrelle will help our roster in the return game. He plays with an aggressive edge and an elite change of direction ability. We expect Latrelle to use in athleticism to make defenders miss in open space.”
Midlothian lineman Hunter Klein (2019 OL 6-4 295) also signed with the Tribe on Wednesday.
Coach London on Klein: “Hunter has great size and plays with a physical mentality. Despite playing the game for just two years, he has a very good football IQ and has and an elite athleticism and size combination. He shows the ability to finish through the whistle and attacks each play with high effort. He is a big, physical athlete who will add quality depth to our offensive line immediately.”
William and Mary opens their 2019 season at home with an out-of-conference game against Lafayette.
– Andy Hilton