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January 19, 2014

Granby 2014 ATH Decides

Granby (Norfolk, VA) 6-foot-tall, 180-pound athlete William 'Boojoe' Smith from the Class of 2014 has arrived at a decision on where he will play his College Football. On Sunday afternoon, Smith gave a verbal commitment to the West Virginia State University Yellow Jackets, a Division II program in the Mountain East Conference.

Smith also held offers from Elizabeth City State and Mayville State. Other schools he considered were Averett, Campbell, Chowan and Shepherd. His trip to West Virginia

"I enjoyed the official visit there," Boojoe told VirginiaPreps.com. "And the coaches made me feel at home."

West Virginia State recruited Smith as an athlete. It appears to be a toss-up on what position he plays, likely between wide receiver and free safety.

While at Granby, Boojoe contributed on both sides of the ball. He started three years at quarterback, highlighted by his junior year when the team finished 9-2 overall and earned a trip to the playoffs. During the regular season for the Comets that year, he threw for 910 yards, nine touchdowns and only five interceptions.

Although Granby didn't return to the postseason in 2013, Boojoe played a key role and did enough to garner Second Team All-Eastern District honors as a utility player. There were a few games where he stood out for the Comets.

In a 19-14 win over Great Bridge, Smith rolled up 125 total yards, rushed for a touchdown and made two interceptions from his defensive back spot. With Granby trailing Booker T. Washington 22-0, Boojoe sparked a comeback with three touchdown passes and over 200 yards through the air as the Comets scored 26 unanswered for a win over their city rival. Even in defeat against Kecoughtan, he ran for three touchdowns and showed the ability to make things happen with his feet.

A historically black public college founded in 1891, West Virginia State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1942. They've won three conference titles in school history, two as a member of the CIAA.

After completing his first season as West Virginia State's Head Coach, Jon Anderson recently promoted Nick Benedetto to defensive coordinator. The Yellow Jackets finished 0-11 last season and will enter 2014 looking to snap a 17-game losing streak. Their last winning season was in 2008 when they finished 7-3 overall.

"I plan to bring the program to the top of the conference," Smith said. "The goal is to get a ring."

Matthew Hatfield has covered football and basketball since 2004 for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail [email protected], and don't forget to listen to him every Saturday from 10AM to Noon on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.

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