Georgia Linebacker Excited By NU Offer

As the offers continue to pile up for prospective recruits across the country, Nebraska has identified a young man from the South who they feel can make an impact and do so in short order. Just who is this defensive stalwart and how did he react to the initial offer from the University of Nebraska?

Toryan Smith is built like a brick wall and hits about as hard.  Standing 6' 0" and weighing in at 241 pounds, his 4.7 40 yard dash allows him to smack offensive players harder than a wrecking ball into a skyscraper.  Toryan benches 340 pounds, squats 480 pounds and cleans 285 pounds along with carrying a 3.13 GPA in the classroom.  He recently took the ACT and scored a 17 on his first try.  In 2004, he racked up 112 tackles with 19 for loss, eight sacks, and three interceptions.  He was also named All-State, All-County, County Player of the Year and Regional Player of the Year.

Toryan was not only taken aback by the offer from Nebraska, but was rather surprised at the speed it came. ‘It was kind of quick.  My coaches and my dad have been sending tapes all the way around the country.  Nebraska called them and they said, ‘They have a scholarship for you and want you to come up,' it was pretty exciting," he said.  Indeed, Nebraska has taken notice of this senior-to-be in that he is projected at both the linebacker position and the fullback slot during his collegiate days.  Toryan isn't quite sure if he will visit officially or unofficially to Nebraska, but one thing is for sure, "I'm definitely going to visit," he said.

With the offer from Nebraska, Smith said the Cornhuskers are in his Top 10.  That list includes such other programs as Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Maryland, Duke and Alabama.  He will be visiting Alabama tomorrow during one of their spring practices.  Toryan stated that a trip to camp at Nebraska is up in the air right now, but it is something that he will consider at the least.

When discussing what was so appealing to Toryan about Nebraska in the first place his professional football leanings came into play.  "Well one thing that got me was Coach Callahan. I'm a big Raiders fan, so that was kind of intriguing," he said.  There was more to why he enjoyed the offer from Nebraska.  "They have a lot of tradition, they're rebuilding the program and I think I could be of help to that.  They had like 61,000 at the spring game and, man, that's just ridiculous," he said.  Toryan will provide his future collegiate school a powerful athlete and we'll be sure to follow him down the eventual path toward a decision.


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