Broad Run lineman Tyler Smedley commits to Virginia Tech (Twitter Photo)
Tyler Smedley Commits to Virginia Tech as PWO
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
On Sunday, Broad Run senior offensive lineman Tyler Smedley accepted a PWO opportunity from Virginia Tech.
He had previously received offers from smaller institutions including Marist College, Stonehill College, and Lehigh. He turned down chances to play at smaller colleges on a scholarship in order to play at one of the bigger colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
At 6-2 270, Tyler doesn’t quite have the prototypical size of a Power Five lineman (who can routinely top 6-6 and 300 pounds), but at the high school level, he’s been a big, punishing offensive lineman that uses power to physically move his opponents out of the way in the run game. In pass protection, he’s been equally effective blocking for one Wake Forest-bound quarterback after another. Class of 2020 Broad Run QB Mitch Griffis is now with the Demon Deacons, and his younger brother class of 2022 QB Brett Griffis has already committed to Wake.
Smedley will have to earn his way to playing time in Blacksburg. The path to playing time as a walk-on isn’t easy, but the payoff is huge. The Hokies coaching staff will develop him, arguably at a much faster pace than any smaller program could.
— Tyler Smedley (@tsmedley52) February 14, 2021
Virginia Tech has long been one of the premier college football programs in the state of Virginia. Given their record in the Commonwealth Cup (16-1 over UVA since 2004), the Hokies could argue state superiority. They have had a long, extensive history of not only winning but sending players to the next level. Tyler will be the next in a long line of players to don the maroon and orange. He will be learning the ropes of the Hokies system all while being enrolled in one of the more prestigious colleges in the state.
Tyler will be looking to make his mark on Blacksburg in the next four seasons, hoping to elevate them to new heights while continuing to improve as a player and a man. KIt’s an opportunity that few receive.
– Marc Goldstein