Dave Doeren is proving he is not afraid to go into different parts of the country and recruit against the biggest names in those areas.
He often targets players in Big Ten states that have offers from Big Ten programs. More often it seems that Doeren is comfortable offering players in SEC territory with a lot of SEC offers. That could be because of the team’s finish on the field last year. They got a lot of positive pub for that. It could also be that he can now point to some big recruiting victories last year. Other players even in different parts of the country can relate to that.
The staff has offered Tyler Smith of McEachern in Georgia and that school is known for sending a lot of its best players to the SEC. Smith has offers from Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee so even getting his attention isn’t easy.
“I went down to Auburn for a Junior Day a couple of weeks ago. It was a great school and I liked the facilities. The coaches were great there. I’ve been to Georgia several times for games and I visited for Dawg Night too. I know Damian Swann too. He’s on their team. My dad grew up a Georgia fan. Tennessee is one school I want to go visit right away. I wanted to when they talked to me. They’re in the SEC so I’ve just got to see what it’s like.”
Smith has alternatives if he wants to look outside the SEC. He has offers from NC State and North Carolina. Auburn was the very first school to offer Smith and NC State offered almost immediately after Auburn. They have been recruiting him for much longer than the Tar Heels.
“I was excited to get an offer from North Carolina. I don’t really know too much about them though. I don’t know much about NC State yet either but I do know some players who play for them. Like Bradley Chubb. I know him. He’s either a linebacker or a defensive end. One of those. I grew up with him and our dads are really good friends. I knew him real well. The last time we talked was just a little while ago when he was on spring break.”
Chubb has not told Smith much about NC State yet but he could prove to be an important source if he wants to look into the school more. Tennessee is one of the next schools he will visit and there is a chance he could visit both North Carolina schools too. Those are not as much of a sure thing though.
As more schools watch Smith’s film he will be picking up even more offers. In his sophomore season only two years into high school Smith had 65 catches and 20 of those went for touchdowns. He almost averaged 20 yards on those catches and nearly reached 1,200 yards as a receiver.
The next two years will bring changes for McEachern’s offense and Smith. Tyler Simmons is a year older than Smith and he is a receiver for McEachern that shares catches and reps. This fall will be his last season of high school football. Smith should put up big numbers again this year as Smith and others will help take some double teams away from him.
As a senior in two years Smith should have to learn to deal with a lot of those double coverage situations.