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.