Schmidt was a multi-position standout at O’Dea where he played defensive end, receiver and punted. He earned first-team all-Metro League honors as a defensive end and punter for his senior season.
Petrino said renewing ties with perennial power O’Dea was a goal of recruiting.
“They have a great program,” said Petrino, noting the long line of Vandal greats that came from the Seattle high school – and he expects Schmidt to follow that pattern. “Will’s just got a high, high motor. He’s going to get really big.”
That is foretold by his 10.5 inch hands – the largest of the recruiting class.
“He has big broad shoulders and a great motor,” Petrino said. “He’s going to be a great defensive lineman. We’re real excited to have him.”