Columbia High School offensive tackle Eric Smith said he committed to Virginia on Friday.
The 6-foot-6, 275-pounder said he picked Virginia over offers from Alabama State, North Carolina, Florida International, Georgia State and Jacksonville State, among others.
“It was just the overall feeling I got from the coaches, the football program and academics at Virginia,” Smith told the AJC.
Smith was on the radar with a lot of teams, making unofficial visits to North Carolina, Auburn, Georgia and Jacksonville State. He decided to go ahead and commit without taking any official visits.
“The pressure was on me; they (Virginia) didn’t pressure me, though,” Smith said. “The fact is that time was winding down. I knew my spot could be filled by another athlete. I felt like I might as well commit because Virginia was the school I liked the most and had the best vibe about.”
Smith, who is the starting center for Columbia’s basketball team, has a 3.2 GPA.