Baylor began their 2017 recruiting class with a bang. The Bears have several elite caliber recruits committed for the 2017 class. As things have slowed down, and the football season has started, the Bears have started to reach out to recruits to express interest. One such recruit who has been targeted by the Baylor staff is 2017 Tatum (TX) HS DE D'Torian Smith.
The rising Junior was visited this week by Baylor DL Coach Chris Achuff. Interest has been picking up between Baylor and Smith, and Smith says Coach Achuff made that very clear. "We had a great visit. We first talked about technique and talked alot about my pad level. He also just talked about how interested Baylor was in me. It made me feel good that they are so interested and he wanted us to stay in touch."
D'Torian has been somewhat under the radar and hasn't received any offers, but that should be changing soon. As his name continues to ring around East Texas, Smith is hearing from a handful of schools and has a couple of schools he will work to visit this fall. "Right now I'm hearing from Texas A&M, Houston, Oklahoma State, SMU, Baylor, and a few FCS teams. I plan on visiting Oklahoma State on the 24th of next month and plan on taking a visit to Texas State. I want to visit the other schools, but I still need to set those up."
Along with football, Smith says that education is a very important aspect in the schools that he considering and Baylor is one of those schools that sticks out academically. "Education is very important to me. I believe right now I'm in the top 20 of my class of about 160 students. I want to major in Sports Broadcasting and I know that Baylor is a great school academically." It doesn't hurt that Baylor has an elite football program either. "I know that Baylor is one of the top universities in the Country in sports and education!"
Tatum is off to a slow start this season, but Smith says he is doing what he can to be a leader and help his team improve. BearsIllustrated will continue to follow his season and will bring you the latest in his recruitment.