You could say that Boise State got into the Tommy Smith recruitment a little late. It wasn't until the very end of December that they started calling the North Atlanta High School star, but whatever the Broncos did, they did it ,right.
This past weekend, (February 2nd-3rd), Boise State hosted the 6'2.5 210lb OLB prospect on an official visit, but they weren't the only one's in pursuit of the speedy athlete's services.
Tommy boasted offers from Western Kentucky, Baylor, Colorado, and Tulane, amongst others, and the competition for a late visit was fierce. For some reason, Tommy's recruitment didn't heat up until late, but when it did, it was frenzied.
Boise State had verbally offered Smith prior to his visit, and he had already visited Western Kentucky and Jacksonville State before the competition for his services heated up, but the days leading up to the dead period were red hot.
For Tommy, it all came down to this past weekend. Time running out, he had a choice to make, both Colorado and Boise State had verbally offered him a scholarship and had requested a visit for the last recruiting weekend prior to LOI day, but when it came down to choosing between the two schools, Smith indicated that it came down to the relationship he'd built with the Bronco coaches.
"The team is a good team, you know, and I had real good chemistry with the coaches. It felt like I had a good opportunity there to play ball at a big-time school." And with that, he explained, Boise State gained a new outside linebacker.
"When I went up to Boise," he continued, "since they don't have a big league team, it was all Boise State up there. Everywhere we went, everybody knew the Boise State football players, I liked that."
On the academic side of things, Smith is a very good student, wanting to study either Mechanical Engineering or Mathematics once he arrives in Boise.
For the season, his North Atlana HS team struggled a bit, largely because of the fact that they were on their fourth coach in four seasons, each with his own system that the players had to relearn each fall.
As for the distance between Boise and Atlanta, Tommy doesn't expect it to be a problem, explaining simply that, "There's players from the East and South there, it's not going to be a problem."
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