Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

February 5, 2014

National Signing Day: Virginia Tech signees and bios


PRINCETON — Michael Santamaria

K 5' 8" 150 Athens Academy Athens, Ga.

RANKINGS:  Ranked as the No. 14 kicker in the country and the No. 179 player in Georgia by 247Sports … Ranked as the No. 53 kicker in the country, the No. 629 player in his region and the No. 130 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation … Rated as a 5-star recruit and ranked No. 13 nationally by Chris Sailer Kicking.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 7/12/2013 … A 2012 Chris Sailer Kicking Top 12/Event Elite honoree … Participated in the inaugural FCA All-Star game, making field goals from 33 and 48 yards … Seventy-eight percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks as a senior … Also saw time at quarterback, wide receiver, tailback and free safety … As a senior,  earned Region 8A All-Purpose Player of the Year honors for his performance … As a junior, was 44 of 45 on extra points, 5 of 8 on field goals with a long of 46 … A GACA all-state selection as a junior … As a sophomore, was 13 of 13 on extra points and 7 of 9 on field goals with a long of 38 yards … Named all-region and all-area as a sophomore and junior … Recruited by Torrian Gray.

PERSONAL: Born June 11, 1995, in Atlanta … Son of Pablo and Cyndy

Tyrell Smith

OL 6' 3" 260 Don Bosco Prep North Brunswick, N.J.

RANKINGS: Listed as the No. 27 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 125 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 44 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 56 offensive guard in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 84 offensive tackle in the country, the No. 140 player in his region and the No. 29 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 6/25/2013 … A 2013 All-New Jersey second-team selection … A first-team all-state selection by the Star-Ledger following his senior season … A second-team all-state choice by MSG Varsity as a senior … Recruited by Stacy Searels.

PERSONAL: Born June 22, 1996, in New Brunswick, NJ … Son of Fred Smith and Sandra Robinson … Has a younger sister … Contemplated majors are pre-law or communications, with hopes of working for the DEA or in the police field.

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