Venables adds 2015 Virginia all-state linebacker

Brent Venables added a future Tiger to his linebacker corps Thursday afternoon with three-star Dominion (Va.) product Chad Smith's commitment.

The class of 2015 product had an offer from Clemson in early January to compete with those from Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh among more.

The first-team all-state selection had 94 tackles, 13 TFL, six sacks and five interceptions last year in the 4-A Titans’ playoffs run.

Standing 6-4 205, Smith made first-team defense at the Army National Combine back in January, running a 4.77 40-yard dash and posting a 35.5 inch vertical leap before an impressive run in the one-on-ones.

“He’s instinctive, physical and a freak,” Dominion Coach Karl Buckwalter told the Washington Post after the performance. “There are a lot of linebackers out there, and I am a Jack Lambert fan. He reminds me of him and he is relentless. He’s big, rangy, long and can cover ground.”

Smith has his eye on areas for improvement in his senior year.

“I did enough to make first team but I’m never satisfied,” Smith said. “There are some areas where technique could have been better regarding pass coverage and over time I’ll be able to improve it.”

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