QB Smith Still Confident In Terps Decision

Maryland QB commit Tyler Smith talks to Scout.com's Pete Volk about his confidence in his decision to commit to the University of Maryland despite their slow start.

When a team starts out the season as dreadfully as Maryland has in football, decommitments usually follow, starting at the top. Luckily for Maryland faithful, 2010 recruit Tyler Smith is staying put.

“No doubts whatsoever,” Smith said, when asked how he felt after the Terps' 2-5 start. “I love it, the coaches are just great. It's a program on the rise, it's a program that I can see myself fitting into and it's just a good place.”

Smith, a dual threat at quarterback, has led Wilson Area High School (Easton, Pa.) to a 7-0 record thus far. The senior has passed for 1848 yards with 17 touchdowns against eight interceptions and has run for 37 yards and three touchdowns.

“We've been playing well together and we're looking real solid as a team,” he said of Wilson Area. “We're pretty much taking it one week at a time, but we feel confident in our offense and our defense and the way we've been playing so we're just taking it game by game, day by day.”

Smith's ultimate goal remains the same - winning a state championship. Wilson Area's biggest obstacle in the regular season seems to have been Southern Lehigh, which they beat last week 45-21.

“I think every game is a big game in our division because it is a competitive league,” Smith said. “There's not really any team that you can overlook. We're not really looking forward too far in the future, but that should be a big game and if we just play our game we should be fine.”

Maryland fans should look for a Smith-Smith combination in the future, with Tyler throwing to superstar Torrey. The younger Smith pointed to the opportunity to play with the older Smith as an exciting chance to grow as a player.

“I think it'll be a very good learning experience for me,” he said. “I've heard him talk to a crowd before when I was on a recruiting trip, and he was a real well-spoken guy; it'll be good to play with him.

As the top recruit for the Terps in next year's class and as a quarterback, all eyes are on Smith to lead the turnaround of Maryland football. However, the talented recruit says he feels no pressure in this regard.

“No, not necessarily,” Smith said. “I'm just gonna go down there and do my best. Just work hard and take it from there.”

For Maryland fans, that might just be enough.


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