- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Despite two offers, Thadd Smith (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) is hardly a household recruiting name yet -- except for in a few Mountaineers fans’ homes.
The 2014 athlete had Mountaineers fans call his name while on his visit to West Virginia on Saturday.
“The fans are die-hard fans. I didn’t know some of the fans knew me,” Smith said. “They were telling me to come to West Virginia. It was a real good experience.”
The 5-foot-8, 163-pound Smith had an eye on Tavon Austin, the Mountaineers’ 5-foot-9 dynamo, throughout the game. Smith, who would likely play a similar role in Morgantown, could see himself as the next Austin, who registered 572 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma.
“I fit in good with their offense because they're fast and with my speed and vision, it’d be pretty good,” Smith said. “They got a fast-tempo offense.”
Rutgers and Temple have both offered scholarships to Smith, and he spoke with Mountaineers assistant Jake Spavital about a potential West Virginia offer.
“He said they’re highlight-interested in me. That was good to hear,” Smith said. “I talked to him for a while.”
Penn State also could offer soon, as Smith has been in touch with Ron Vanderlinden, the Lions’ linebackers coach and Smith’s main recruiter. He will visit Penn State next weekend for the season finale against Wisconsin.
Smith said he is looking forward to “everything really -- the fans, coach, the game” at Penn State. “It’s my first time down there for a game. I heard it’s real crazy down there.”