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