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Ligonier Valley grad Collin Smith transfers from WVU to Lackawanna

August 17, 2018

Collin Smith put up some amazing statistics as a quarterback at Ligonier Valley in 2016.

But the 6-foot, 200-pound athlete chose to play safety at West Virginia over numerous other offers, including Michigan, Louisville, Boston College, UConn and Army.

Well, Smith decided in June to leave WVU after one season. He has enrolled at Lackawanna College to play quarterback.

“He shocked me,” Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel said. “But he wants to play quarterback. He’s the best I’ve ever coached at the position, and he’s already received three Division I offers.”

Smith, who was injured prior to his freshman season, did not see action last year, and the prospect for playing time this fall seemed thin behind returning starters Dravon Askew-Henry, Toyous Avery and Kenny Robinson and junior letterman JoVanni Stewart. In addition, newcomers Kwantel Raines and Josh Norwood are expected to make immediate impact, according to WVU Sports.

Smith was the Tribune-Review Player of the Year in 2016 and was a Class 2A first-team all-state player as a quarterback/defensive back. He joins the 2017 Tribune-Review Player of the Year Robert Kennedy on the Lackawanna roster.

Smith led Ligonier Valley to District 6, the Appalachian Bowl and Heritage Conference titles, and after a win against Dunmore in the PIAA quarterfinals, the Rams were a tipped pass away from defeating Southern Columbia in the semifinals and advancing to the state championship game.

Smith completed 163 of 274 passes for 3,011 yards, with five interceptions and 43 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,013 yards and 22 touchdowns.

As a defensive player, he had 74 tackles and two interceptions.

“In my eyes, the only difference between him and (Pine-Richland’s) Phil Jurkovec is a few inches,” Beitel said. “I think he’ll do well.”

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