Leesburg, VA (Mar. 15, 2016) – Tuscarora senior quarterback Daniel Smith signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play football for Campbell University beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“Although the recruiting process was stressful at times, said Smith, I had a lot of fun visiting some great schools and choosing for myself where I was going to attend college. It felt great to commit, and am both happy and excited about getting to Campbell to begin my college football career.”
Campbell University occupies an 850-acre campus in the residential community of Buies Creek, NC, located half-way between North Carolina’s thriving metropolitan areas of Raleigh and Fayetteville. Campbell offers more than 90 undergraduate concentrations, was ranked #24 by the US News & World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities–South, and was also selected one of the best colleges in the Southeast by the Princeton Review.
“I chose Campbell because of the strength of the academics, feel for the campus, and fit with the coaching staff,” said Smith.
Smith’s head football coach will be former Carolina Panthers standout and Nebraska Football Hall of Famer, Mike Minter. Coach Minter is entering his 3rd season at the helm of CU’s football program, a program entering its eighth year of existence. In his first season as head coach, the Camels set 21 offensive team records, including rushing yards (2,800), passing yards (2,436), and total offense (5,236). The Camels also established four defensive marks, including sacks (27), and posted three team records on special teams. In his second season, CU notched their second-most total and conference wins. Additionally, a school record seven Camels, plus eight honorable mentions, were named to the 2014 All-Pioneer Football League teams, including four first teamers. Eight CU student-athletes, with six first team members, were tabbed PFL All-Academic.
“I expect to compete for playing time my first year, shared Smith, but ultimately my goal is to improve my skills and get more comfortable in Campbell’s system.”
The 2015 VHSL Group 5A First Team All-State quarterback, Conference 14 Offensive Player of the Year, and All-Loudoun Football Offensive Player of the Year has played football for 10 years. During his senior campaign Smith passed for 2,592 and 27 touchdowns, rushed from 1,180 yards and 24 touchdowns, and led the Tuscarora Huskies squad to an undefeated regular season for the second consecutive year. Despite the accolades earned and memories of leading his team to 4 fourth quarter comeback victories during the 2015 season, when asked about his favorite football memory during his high school career, Smith shared that is was playing in the 2014 VHSL Group 5A state championship game his junior year.
The Huskies’ 2014 season can best be described as one bookended by sadness and filled with joy. With the sudden passing of defensive coordinator Adam Fortune, through an unblemished autumn of blowout wins and staggering statistics, to a narrow defeat in the schools’ first ever state championship game for any sport; the 2014 season was definitely one for the history books.
When asked what advice he’d share with others pursuing their dream, Smith shared, “don’t settle for anything less than your best. Always give your best effort and work extremely hard. Also, don’t listen to what other people are saying about you or what awards others may receive instead of you. Worry about becoming a better person and a better athlete, and you can achieve beyond what anyone expects of you.”
Please join us in wishing Daniel Smith the very best in his success on the gridiron and in pursuit of an engineering and business degree from Campbell University.