Arkansas Gets Its Chance to Sway Smith

Arkansas will host one mid-week official visitor in Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt County defensive lineman T.J. Smith (6-4, 255), who is a Vanderbilt commit and will arrive in Fayetteville on Wednesday.

Arkansas will get its chance the next few days to show a Georgia gridiron standout why he should spend his next four years in Arkansas instead of Tennessee.

Or Missouri or North Carolina.

Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt Country defensive lineman T.J. Smith (6-4, 255) – a Vanderbilt commit who visited there last weekend - will take his official visit to Arkansas beginning Wednesday afternoon.

“I enjoyed the visit to Vanderbilt, but I think it is important for me to get out and see some other places to compare it, too,” Smith said. I’m really looking forward to getting up to see what Arkansas has to offer.

“I think it is a program on the rise that has a SEC championship in its near future,” Smith added. “I’m looking to see if that is the right situation for me. I really like what I am hearing.”

Smith will leave Arkansas on Friday and visit Wake Forest with another trip slated to Missouri the following weekend.

“I also may go see North Carolina,” Smith said. “I am just trying to get as much information as I can and make the best decision.”

Smith had 46 total tackles, 17 hurries, 15 tackles for lost yardage and 4 sacks this season for a team that was 14-0 and win the Class 6A state title.

Colquitt County downed Archer 28-24 in the state championship game.

“It was a great year for us as a team and I feel like I got better as a player and had a good year individually,” Smith said.

Smith, who has a 3.8 grade point average, notes academics will play a big part in his ultimate decision.

“I want to go to a place that I can get a great education and make the most of myself as a person and as a student,” Smith said. “It is not just a football decision for me, but a combination one.”

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