RECRUITING: Toryan Smith Rates UF Visit A 10

Toryan Smith, a 6-1 235-pound linebacker from Rome Georgia, was introduced to an electric atmosphere at The Swamp on Saturday night when he joined some of the nation's top recruits in the sold out stadium for the Florida-Florida State football game. By the time the smoke had cleared and the Gators had a 34-7 win, Smith had a visit that ranks best among all his trips this fall.

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Smith's impressions got a positive jolt when he encountered a Gator Nation that was charged to the point of making the entire Swamp an atmosphere like none other.

"It was electric in the stadium!" said Smith, who is rated three stars by "The Gator Nation showed the players a lot of love. It was awesome!"

By the time the game ended, Smith was able to compare Florida with the other official visits he's taken: Oklahoma, Michigan and Notre Dame. He said the Florida visit definitely was the best of the bunch.

"I had a great time it was a blast! I definitely rank this visit a 10," Smith said.

Helping to make the visit a 10 was the time he spent with Florida's coaching staff.

"It was a good visit," he said. "The Coaches showed me a good time and really made a push for me to choose their program."

Like the rest of the recruits, he was treated to an emotional post-game locker room where one underclassman after another stood up and talked about how he had played his heart out for the outgoing seniors. The atmosphere made a lasting impression on Smith.

"The locker room after the game was a family affair," he said. "Everyone was showing love to the seniors and the recruits. The locker room was off the chain! Everybody was bouncing, it was great! The players and coaches included the recruits in everything they did."

Smith is being recruited by wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales. Gonzales and Smith have developed a great relationship.

"Coach Gonzales and I speak to each other 3 to 4 times a week," said Smith.

Smith receives text messages from Florida Coach Urban Meyer every other day at 1 p.m. He has a growing and strong relationship.

"Meyer is a classy guy," he said. "He really knows how to coach football."

In addition to the football game and time spent with the coaches, Smith took in the Florida campus and was introduced to the academic programs. He considers the University of Florida to be among the best academic settings in the country. That's important to a young man who places a high value on furthering his education.

"I got to tour the campus and learn about the academic aspect of the university," he said. "I am looking to major in communications. The coaches understood the importance I place on academics. The Florida coaches assured me that academics are important to them as well. "

Smith loved everything about his visit to Gainesville this weekend.

"I like the weather, the people, and what they are doing at Florida," he said.

The Gator Nation and coaches left a lasting impression on Smith. Smith is still riding high from the adrenaline from this weekend's visit. He still has one more visit to take but he's not so sure now that if he needs to make another trip, particularly since the University of Florida has made such a strong impression.

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