LB Toronto Smith may not be the biggest ‘backer around but what he lacks in size, he more than makes up for with big-time play-making ability on defense. NC State is a school that has had success grooming undersized linebackers so it comes as no surprise that the Wolfpack is keeping a close eye on Tallahassee (Fla) Rickards star.
At 5-10, 195 pounds and boasting 4.55-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Smith has been a one man wrecking crew for a struggling Rickards program. Although the Raiders have limped to a 1-5 record, Smith has been all over the field- registering 101 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks and two fumble recoveries. That production has several division one schools eyeing the senior ‘backer."
"Right now I've got offers from Indiana, Illinois and Florida International," said Smith. "I'm also hearing a lot from NC State and West Virginia. I haven't set up any visits yet but NC State is talking about me coming up there sometime in December."
As for favorites, Smith says four schools are standing out right now.
"I'd say my top schools are NC State, West Virginia, Middle Tennessee State and Georgia," he said. "NC State and West Virginia are probably the two that stick out the most."
Smith talked about what he likes with each of those two programs.
NC State- "I love how they beat Florida State every year. I don't like Florida State so I like seeing them get beat. They've got an exciting defense and I love those running backs up there. Coach (Pat) Meyer is recruiting me and he's funny and real energetic. He's been talking to me about the chance for early playing time up there."
West Virginia- "They've been winning against everybody. We've got a couple of our guys up there now and they seem to come down here and sign one of our guys every year. Plus, if I went up there it would be all about football and there wouldn't be any distractions."
When it comes time to make a decision, Smith has two factors he'll be paying close attention to.
"Playing time is the main thing," he said. "I really want to be able to get on the field. I'm also looking at the academics. I'm planning on majoring in Business."
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