When Stephen Smith signed his national letter of intent last month to join the Kennesaw State track and field team as a pole vaulter, the Cass senior did so as a one-time state champion.

When he steps foot on the Cobb County campus in the fall, Smith will do so as a two-time state champion.

While his signing ceremony on April 18 served as a celebration of all that Smith has achieved in his time as a Colonel, it also included quite the backdrop. No, not the one with “Cass” and the Colonels logo all over it. This backdrop involved the impending end of his senior season.

Most student-athletes choose to have their signings take place either before or after their seasons have been completed. Smith, though, approached it with a strange combination of laidback attitude and almost surprise that the moment had finally come.

“I still can’t believe it,” he said. “It’s crazy.”

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