Warwick football player David Smith, a first-team All-Peninsula District pick last fall, committed to the U.S. Naval Academy over the weekend.
Smith chose the Midshipmen over a list of offers that included William and Mary, Hampton University and Marshall.
“Before, I wasn’t thinking I’d go to a military school,” Smith said. “But I never turned down the possibility. When they offered me, it opened another door.
“The campus there is beautiful. It offers me the opportunity to play Division I football at a high level and get a great education.”
Smith, who played a variety of spots in his career at Warwick, was recruited by Navy as an outside linebacker. The Middies are coming off an 8-5 season, in which they beat Army for the 11th consecutive year.
“I like the competition and the program they run,” Smith said. “I like their type of defense and I liked the guys on the team that I met. There are a lot of different things I like about Navy.”
Smith graduated Warwick a semester early in December. He is taking classes at Thomas Nelson Community College and is leaning toward majoring in engineering at Navy.
Also, Warwick running back Grandison James has committed to Division II Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C. James rushed for 470 yards and eight touchdowns last season, much of it coming after he took over for the injured Cardon Johnson at tailback.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times