Georgia’s third commitment comes from Colquitt County TE Ty Smith (UPDATED)

Ty Smith caught 42 passes as a junior at Colquitt County last season. (Photo provided by 247Sports.com)

Ty Smith caught 42 passes as a junior at Colquitt County last season. (Photo provided by 247Sports.com)

Ty Smith has three main hobbies. He likes to play cards, to customize cars and to catch footballs.

And he’s really good at catching footballs. So good, in fact, that it landed him scholarship offers from Georgia and Florida and recruiting interest all over. The 6-foot-3, 228-pound tight end from Colquitt County committed to the Bulldogs while visiting UGA on Saturday. He’s the third recruit to pledge the Class of 2012.

“Actually I grew up a Georgia fan, so I’ve always been a fan of the Dogs,” said Smith, who received a scholarship offer from them about a month. “So when the opportunity came, I was excited about my offer and thought hard about committing right then. I was never sure if I was actually going to be able to go there. Me and my family, my close friends, my coaches, we talked about it and we felt like that’s what I wanted to do. When I got a chance to go up there for the second junior day, I knew it was the right thing for me to do and I made my decision.”

Smith attended Georgia’s junior day this past Saturday with his father, Wayland Smith. He committed on the spot to tight ends coach John Lily and head coach Mark Richt.

Smith (6-3, 228) is described as a flex end in that he can play inside as a traditional tight end or he can split out wide out of the mold of current UGA tight end Orson Charles. He had 42 catches for 576 yards last season in the spread-based passing attack of Colquitt County coach Rush Propst.

“Coach Lily said Georgia uses their tight ends a lot in their offense,” Smith said. “I can flex out when we have four receivers or I’m big enough and strong enough to be attached to the line. He said that’s going to benefit me and the team. I’m just ready to see how that turns out.”

Smith may get a chance to find out sooner rather than later. He said he’s looking into the possibility of graduating early from high school.

“I’m going to talk to my counselor about early enrollment and see if I can do it,” he said. “If not I’ll just stick with a regular schedule.”

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

110 comments Add your comment

Dawg Consultant

March 26th, 2011
9:27 pm

First? Well, anyway congratulations Ty Smith! Welcome to the Dawg Nation!!

Nachos the barn burner

March 26th, 2011
9:30 pm

WOW… three commitments for 2011 so far… great job Saint Richt! That cheating no good Nick Saban better watch out!

ATL

March 26th, 2011
9:30 pm

Congrats Ty Smith, and welcome to UGA. We are on the right track many more will follow soon

Lilburndog

March 26th, 2011
9:30 pm

bigtime

March 26th, 2011
9:40 pm

Congrats to the DAWGS for yet another good TE prospect. Where are all of these TEs going to play at though ? There’s only so many spots that you can use a TE at.

kegstand

March 26th, 2011
9:45 pm

Hes only a Jr right now an orlson likely gone after next yr along with white and figgins so te is actual a need position

Dawg Consultant

March 26th, 2011
9:46 pm

We will actually loose 2 TEs after this year (3 if you include Figgins who recently moved to FB). So I expect the Dawgs to sign 2 TEs this year. Without the new signees, we will only have Lynch and Rome returning. In fact, if we don’t sign two we will be a little light at the postion in 2012 – 2013.

Loves uga

March 26th, 2011
9:48 pm

Reality you are such an A** . A small percentage from every school get in trouble every year. Why stay so negative. Georgia players have never stolen from people a gun point like Aubern and Tennessee players. They haven’t knocked police out during a bar fight like tenn. Give these kids a break and make them feel good about working hard. I hate ga. tech with every fiber of my being but I do not down grade them. I even congratulate them when they win a hard fought batte. Please grow up. I’m sure you have led a perfect life. You know what they say about throwing stones in a glass house,

coachx

March 26th, 2011
9:48 pm

Congratulations young man !

Welcome to Dawg Nation.

RRTDawgs

March 26th, 2011
9:51 pm

Ty Smith on those hybrid TEs keep an eye on Quavon Hicks to be next he named UGA his leader today .

BullDawgRick

March 26th, 2011
9:53 pm

Congrats Ty!! Welcome to the BullDawg Nation! (The nay sayers on here are losers, & inbred that are UGA Wannabees.)..

UGACharlotte

March 26th, 2011
10:08 pm

Orson Charles said today he will definitely be back for senior season. Smith can also be split out wide…we will have room for him

Nachos the barn burner

March 26th, 2011
10:10 pm

Welcome to LOSER-VILLE pal……. delusional fan base, lousy stadium and tons of gangstas in shoulder pads. good choice yo.

RRTDawgs

March 26th, 2011
10:28 pm

Chip you need to erase the 10:10 comment that is most immature post Nachos the barn burner needs to be taken off for his rude and selfish comments .

Dawg48

March 26th, 2011
10:44 pm

Welcome to the bulldog nation

BG

March 26th, 2011
10:48 pm

Yes! GO DAWGS!! Chip, UGA has 5 commitments for 2012.

Another Dawg

March 26th, 2011
10:56 pm

Uh… he’s the fifth commitment of this class.

Lonnie Outlaw and Jalen Fields are both part of this class from GMC.

Blackoutanyone?

March 26th, 2011
11:00 pm

Nice pickup. ROLL TIDE!!

RRTDawgs

March 26th, 2011
11:09 pm

UGA becoming TE U Ben Watson, Lenard Pope now with Orson Charles , Jay Rome and Ty Smith loaded go dawgs .

JDawg1785

March 26th, 2011
11:23 pm

Congrats, Ty! Go Dawgs!!

suwaneedawg

March 26th, 2011
11:29 pm

nachos the tech fan, pull your head out of your ass! Worry about your own joke of a program with the high school offense. Leave the adult football talk to the SEC fans.

whatthedawg

March 27th, 2011
12:18 am

This is a great pick up from the great city of Moultrie. Colquitt County has put out some serious players over the years, and UGA needs to keep that South Georgia pipeline rolling. By the way Chip, as a couple of folks have already mentioned, we’ve got 5 commitments. One of them, Jalen Fields, is a beast. He should really add some depth to the D-line immediately. Lonnie Outlaw is 6′6″, but unproven. He is supposed to have pretty good upside, but at the very least, he could be a decent red zone threat. Chip, could you maybe do an update post on the two GMC guys with some interesting details for those of us a little too obsessed with recruiting and are thirsty for more? Thanks.

Gadawgfan0711

March 27th, 2011
12:42 am

Who are the other two that have committed?

Just Axing

March 27th, 2011
1:02 am

Another average “tweener” player committing to UGA. There is no story here.

Paddy

March 27th, 2011
6:25 am

kegstand…where is Charles going after this season? I thought he was happy at UGA? I must disagree. He should give us 4 good years and graduate. If he is transfering, let us in on it.

Paddy

March 27th, 2011
6:58 am

UGA now has 3 commits for 2011. LSU yesterday received their 23rd commit for 2011. Anybody else see something wrong in this senario. #23 was a QB from Hollywood, Fl. Maybe it is just too early in the morning for me to compute this news item.

jerry

March 27th, 2011
7:35 am

The shoes were so big that they were ___________ on the little boy’s feet.

I turned a corner to __________ the guy who was tailing me.

Practice: Loose, lose

I turned a corner to __________ the guy who was tailing me

Who cares

March 27th, 2011
8:04 am

Hey whoever you are stealing my handle please stop. Worm had a converstaion with that idiot the other day.

Who cares

March 27th, 2011
8:06 am

Smith, Charles and Rome. They all seem kind of light in the weight dept. Need some TEs that can block too.

UGASlobberknocker

March 27th, 2011
8:10 am

Last recruiting season should tell us one thing..it is WAY too early to start stressing or worrying that we havent signed anybody yet, LSU has 23 players., Bama 12 or so, etc. One month before signing day last year the Dawgs recruiting class was looking mediocre Then BAM, we get a huge rush of late commitments. The year before, we signed a ton of early players and that was good too. So who cares when they sign? The recruits can change their mind at any time and often do.

Im not saying interest this early is bad..it isnt..its just that worrying about it this early is crazy.

Who Cares

March 27th, 2011
8:28 am

Towers, you are such a joke. If the kid had of committed to the Gators, your headline would have said that Gators steal another top prospect from state of Ga. But when a kid from in state picks the Dawgs over the gators and noles, it gets very little pub. Do us all a favor, and get a job writing for Bama, or Fl., nobody in the state of Ga. cares what you have to say, especially the kids that commit to UGA

Dreamteam2012

March 27th, 2011
9:08 am

Dream team!!!

Old Dawg

March 27th, 2011
9:18 am

Thanks for posting, Chip.

RRTDawgs

March 27th, 2011
9:22 am

Paddy you have it wrong 2011 class had 26 recruits signed the three commits is for 2012 get your facts strait .

RRTDawgs

March 27th, 2011
9:31 am

Paddy LSU just has 5 commits for 2012 so you don’t need panic .

ugafan4ife

March 27th, 2011
9:38 am

i just read on another site that another alabama player has been put on indefinite susp. thats the second player in a week. i wonder how long before people claim saben has lost control of his program or will they ignore this issue since he has a mnc under his belt?

bitter dawgs fan

March 27th, 2011
9:42 am

good job chip thanks for the week end info—–f—all the necks who bee-little bulldog recruiting!!!!

like pay for play and tree killers————hahahahahahahahah—bamma necks—looooossseeerrr

bitter dawgs fan

March 27th, 2011
9:45 am

***who cares***—your smoke break is up —your wal-mart supervisor is on the hunt—-hahahahahah

valyboy32

March 27th, 2011
10:09 am

i just wish them metro atl schools would stop jocking uf and al why not put something in your own state instead of making these other schools look good

Brown Dog

March 27th, 2011
10:10 am

ugafan4ife: Not the second in a week. We also had an all-American safety arrested. These matters stand out since it’s been so long since we’ve had any problems. And trust me, they got plenty of headlines in Alabama.

Every team has problems. The difference is in how Saban handles them. Kids get with the program or they get gone.

BigGAdawg

March 27th, 2011
10:33 am

BullDawgRick

March 26th, 2011
9:53 pm
Congrats Ty!! Welcome to the BullDawg Nation! (The nay sayers on here are losers, & inbred that are UGA Wannabees.)..

Not only loser wannabees but LOTs of loser Techgnats, Tenn stump jumpers, Gatorpukes, Bammerstanian, (outlaws from the People’s Republic of Alabamastan,) and Awwborn types who can’t find anything positive to say of their own schools (neither can I) so they come here and cast stones. Translate everything they say into WAH WAH WAH!!!

Now to reality–WELCOME to the Bulldawg Nation! We look forward to seeing you dazzle between the hedges in the coming years. It is good to know that you are a lifelong Bulldog fan. I think those make the best team players. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

Paul N Destin

March 27th, 2011
10:45 am

Just to keep you folks updated regarding Bama…Kerry Murphy (DL) has knee issues and might have to give up football. He was a 5* and his knee injury started at prep school. Kendal Kelly (receiver) has heat issues and may also have to give it up since this is one complete year of no practice. Robbie Green again has been suspended by Nick and this comes after missing a complete year due to be suspended!! Brandon Moore is now suspended as well. If kids don’t wish to work and be productive after a chance or two then it’s best for the program if those type folks are asked to move along. Auburn has four more that have left their team in addition to the all in the family holdup gang however Cheesestraw will not address why they’re gone. AU (thugsville U) had 20 SR’s and 3 guys go early with 4 in jail and add 4 more to leaving college without a excuse(LOL). Now that is clearing the deck on the scholly totals. When the NCAA places the penalities on AU in the coming months then AU will already be at the scholly limit!

Delusional? Haters ARE ..............

March 27th, 2011
10:48 am

I will say it again. People attend a college for the entire package of goodies. Most folks simply do not attend a school just because it won recently a football NC or a basketball NC or a baseball NC. Folks ……………. it simply does not happen that way. If this were true, I would have gone to Alabama in BEAR BRYANT’s day ………… late 60s and early 70s for me.

You attend a school for the academics that best suit you. You attend a school to learn and earn a diploma toward your chosen field, like Vet Sciences or MD’s, Pharmacology or Liberal Arts and Law, or Bidnezz, like in Banking, Finance or Real Estate or Insurance or Computer Science. Maybe you want to pursue Forestry. Fine. Maybe you want to pursue Drama …………. or Fine Arts, fine. A state U is a great vehicle for any of these opportunities and UA soon will offer some Engineering too.

IF …………………IF ………………IF your chosen school wins the NC great. Ask any AU student if they decided to attend AU because two or three years ago, they expected to win the NC in 2010. Answer …………..hell no. See?

The haters hate because they are j-e-a-l-o-u-s of kids that can go to the U of So and So.

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs.

ugafan4ife

March 27th, 2011
10:51 am

brown dog: i wasnt talking about barron, there was another db robby green suspended on monday so if you include barron that makes three players within 2 weeks. i understand things will happen in college and you cant expect college age guys to be perfect saints. my comment was pointed to these self rightous bloggers on this site that trash uga players but ignore issues at other schools and 9 times out 10 its far more severe than missing a court date or hitting a parked car. (i.e auburn,tenn,fsu)

Brown Dog

March 27th, 2011
11:25 am

Gotcha ugafan4.

Years ago, Sylvester Croom told me he knew Bear Bryant was close to retirement when he kept reading about off-the-field problems. He said when he played everybody was too scared of Bryant to misbehave. To be buried on that depth chart was to disappear for months.

Times change, of course. But Saban has done a pretty fair job keeping his team’s attention.

Just Axing

March 27th, 2011
11:33 am

UGA Slobberknocker….

How do you know the players that signed this past February are going to turn out to be good players? Not to worry? Mark Richt and the UGA nation have expected to reach greater accomplishments each years only to see it get worse annually.

UGA has changed defensive coaches( year 1). Changed defensive coaches again, Changed strength and conditioning coaches and now expect to see major improvement while losing its best two offensive players, its best two defensive players and a whole host of unanswered question for the upcoming season.

Core players, core coaches, are what breeds winners.

Buiding new facilities will only get you so far in winning by attracting recruits. Coaching them, keeping them out of trouble and graduating players makes a program great, not one 6th rated recruiting class.

Paddy

March 27th, 2011
11:34 am

rrtdawg…thanks for setting me straight. I will be able to sleep tonight now!

RRTDawgs

March 27th, 2011
11:36 am

Saban is a great coach no doubt yes several UGA players have gotten in trouble but adding a person like Ray Drew will help change that an this past few months McGarity has created leadership group to help mentor are young players .

Just Axing

March 27th, 2011
11:38 am

Players attend schools for these reasons:

See a chance to get a good education and play football while on scholarship.
See coaches who will get them to next level.
Close to home for family and friends.
Get other benefits beyond a scholarship.
Opportunity to play soon.
A course of study not offered at other schools.
Family attended the school.
Life long fans of the school.
Family is taken care of.
Street Agents steer them to a school for a promise or payoff.

wreckmaniac

March 27th, 2011
11:42 am

These guys should be allowed to start playing for UGA now. Whats the point in staying in high school ?
Academics ? Thats a laugh.