RECRUITING: Playoffs Chief Focus For Toryan

For now, recruiting has to take a backseat to the playoffs for Toryan Smith. All he can think about is the Chamblee Bulldogs, Friday night's round two opponent in the Georgia State Playoffs for Smith and the Rome Wolves.

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Smith is a 6-1, 235-pound linebacker/tight end with exceptional speed. This three-star rated athlete (by runs a 4.7 40-yard dash. He is one of the chief reasons the Wolves won their fifth straight Region 7AAAA championship. Last Friday night, the Wolves eked out a 31-28 win over Madison County in the first round, setting up Friday night's showdown with Chamblee.

Smith is still talking to college recruiters this week, but he's keeping his focus on the playoffs and his dream of winning a state championship. Even with the intensity of the playoffs and recruiting, he's maintaining a 3.1 GPA in the classroom. He's already scored a 1200 on the SAT.

He's already visited Oklahoma and Notre Dame on official visits and he has two more visits set up that will allow him to see some of the biggest rivalry games in the country. He will be in Ann Arbor on November 19 for the Michigan-Ohio State battle and he will be in Gainesville on November 26 for the Florida-Florida State battle.

"The way my schedule is set up has allowed me to go to some of the best games this season," said Smith.

He says that he likes the coaching staffs and the campus atmosphere at each of the schools he's considering. He says he will have a decision made long before signing day, February 1.

"I'll make the decision after I complete my visits, but before signing day," he said.

Smith wants to get his decision made before signing day because he doesn't want recruiting to interfere with his other sports. As soon as football season is over, he'll join Rome's basketball team. In the spring, he's a standout on the baseball team.

Smith is ranked number 45 nationally among linebackers by Because of his speed, he is a promising middle linebacker prospect whom the Florida Gators have high on their target list.

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