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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Smith switches directions, all-state Ithaca QB now destined for the ACC, commits to Wake Forest

By: Scott Burnstein, January 28, 2014, 7:00 am

ITHACA – Like a minor-league baseball player getting the call-up to the big leagues, Ithaca senior football star Travis Smith is on his way to “The Show.”

In Smith’s case that means the BCS and getting a chance to play major college football.

On Monday, the prolific and heady all-state signal caller announced he was de-committing from the University of Toledo and accepting an offer to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, re-committing to Wake Forest.

Smith (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) visited the Demon Deacons campus in Winston-Salem, North Carolina over the weekend and received the offer Sunday prior to returning home to Michigan.

Ithaca is in the midst of the longest winning-streak of any high school squad in the country (56 games and counting). In all three years he started behind center, Smith never lost a game, going a perfect 41-0 and taking the Yellowjackets to a trio of state titles (Division 6).

As a senior, he threw for 3,280 yards and 42 touchdowns. His 104 career scoring-tosses is an all-time MHSAA record.

Wake Forest was 4-6 in 2013. Back in December, the Demon Decons’ fired longtime head coach Jim Grobe and hired Dave Clawson away from Bowling Green.

Clawson and Smith were familiar with each other from when Clawson was recruiting the Midwest the past couple years on behalf of Bowling Green, where he resurrected the program, going 10-3 last fall and capturing the Mid-American Conference championship.

Smith is the second field general from the state’s prep ranks to commit to a BCS school in the last 48 hours, following on the heels of Warren De La Salle’s Giovanni Rescigno landing in the Big Ten at Rutgers Sunday night.

For the next month and change, Smith’s attention’s will be focused on the hardwood and his Yellowjackets basketball squad.

National Signing Day is next week.