One member of the 2013 recruiting class is officially in.
LaChaston Smith, a linebacker from Statesville, N.C., has enrolled at Virginia and started taking classes on Monday, UVa announced. The 6-foot, 225-pounder will participate in spring drills with the Cavaliers.
Smith is a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com and held other offers from the likes of Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Despite missing six games with a broken bone in his right leg, Smith took 2012 Statesville Record & Landmark Player of the Year honors. As a running back for South Iredell High School, he rushed for over 600 yards with 17 touchdowns. At linebacker, he made 32 tackles with two interceptions.
South Iredell won the North Carolina Class AA championship thanks to Smith’s 159 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 19 seconds remaining. In the opening round of the playoffs, he rushed for 191 yards and scored seven touchdowns without playing in the second half.
Smith, behind 99 tackles, including 24 for loss, was the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.
He verbally committed to Virginia last May.
“I’ve looked forward to this moment forever,” Smith told the Statesville Record & Landmark in December. “…I know it’s going to be hard, but the stuff we do [at South Iredell] is hard. Coach [Scott] Miller is a phenomenal coach, but he pushes us to our limits. I know coach [Mike] London at Virginia is going to push us to our limits. That’ll be something I’m ready for.”
With Sunday’s commitment from Monacan fullback/linebacker Connor Wingo-Reeves and de-commitment from Houston cornerback Hipolito Corporan, UVa’s class of 2013 stands at 18. It could grow to 19 if Philadelphia offensive lineman Jaryd Jones-Smith chooses the Cavs today. The two-star prospect will reportedly pick between Virginia and Pittsburgh during a 2:45 p.m. press conference at his West Catholic High School.
National Signing Day is Feb. 6.