Arkansas Adds Smith To The Fold

The Razorbacks turn it it into Two For Thursday when Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt County defensive end T.J. Smith (6-4, 255) flips from Vanderbilt to Arkansas while on his official visit to Fayetteville.

Thursday turned into a big-time Daily Double day for head coach Bret Bielema’s Arkansas football program.

Just a few hours after Houston, Texas, Cypress cornerback Nate Dalton (6-3, 195) chose the Razorbacks, Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt County defensive end T.J. Smith (6-4, 255) committed to Arkansas during his official.

“I really just felt at home from almost the time that I first got to Arkansas (on Wednesday),” Smith said. “I love the family atmosphere and it is not something that is just for show. I love the coaches and I really believe where the program is headed and I think that is to the top. I want to be a part of that.

“I think there are times when you get to a place and you just know what’s right and I know that Arkansas is right for me,” Smith added. “I’m a Razorback and I really happy about it.

Smith, a three-star defensive lineman who becomes the 20th commit or signee in Arkansas' 2015 recruiting class, had been committed to Vanderbilt, but says his decision to be a Razorback is now final.

He had taken an official visit to Vanderbilt last week and had ones scheduled to Wake Forest this weekend and North Carolina and Missouri next week.

Smith said he will no longer take those visits.

“I am done, over, done,” Smith said. “No more official visits, no more home visits, no more phone calls, no more nothing. I am going to Arkansas and that’s my final 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.

He gave Arkansas defensive line coach Rory Segrest a lot of credit for getting him interested in Arkansas.

“Coach Segrest is a great guy and kept me interested in Arkansas and got me to take this visit and I can’t thank him enough know because I realize this is the place that I am supposed to be,” Smith said. “I am so excited to get to Arkansas and start working with him and learning from him.”

The other Arkansas coaches and players certainly made an impression as well.

“This is a brotherhood, a family and they know where they are headed and that is to the top of the SEC,” Smith said. “They have the players, the coaches and the vision and they are going to get there and I am going to be a part of it.”





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