Freshman wide receiver Thadd Smith was an early Boston College Eagles commit, and he might get early playing time in 2014.
Smith is a Pennsylvanian with a successful high school football story. As a senior wide receiver and defensive back for Cardinal O’Hara High School in 2013, he ended up being named as a first-team all-state player.
Projecting as a wide receiver at the collegiate level, Thadd Smith was recruited as a three-star athlete. He picked up an offer from Boston College in addition to such schools as Temple, Toledo, Rutgers, and UMass, but it was the Heights for him.
Watch for yourself what Smith was able to do against high school defenses:
Doing that sort of damage against players at that level is one thing, but what is in store for Smith at this level, and when can we expect him to get his chance?
Thadd Smith: Fast Facts
- Position: Wide receiver
- Hometown: Yeadon, Pennsylvania
- High School: Cardinal O’Hara High School, Springfield, PA
- Measurements: 5-foot-10, 170 lb.
- Class year at 2014 opener: Freshman
- BC games played: 0
Thadd Smith: 2013 Season (HS)
- First-team all-state wide receiver
- Cumulative statistics: 32 rec., 622 yards, 14 TD
- Did not appear on Spring 2014 roster
Boston College fans are generally aware that the wide receiver corps enters the 2014 season with depth issues. The school’s top wide-outs on the two-deep right now look like a player coming off of a major injury, a former quarterback, and an underclassman. Despite the fact that they will not be throwing the football very often, the Eagles need all the help they can get.
It is not out of the question that Thadd Smith will play this season. The relevant follow-up question to consider is how many snaps he would see if he does. At this point, given those depth issues, he might be able to assist the team this year even as a backup, and that might lead the coaches to forego a redshirt and play him from the start in August.
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