Thanksgiving is the time for giving thanks, or in the case of Toryan Smith, giving a lucky school his verbal commitment. The Rome, Ga. Linebacker still has two official visits remaining and will then pull the trigger.
"I have to decide the Monday after Thanksgiving," Smith said. "My dad told me I had to make it by then."
Now that dad has said enough is enough, are the Irish still the team to beat?
"I guess you could say that," Smith answered.
According to Smith, "Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame are still in there." Michigan still has a shot as well according to Smith, as the Wolverines will host him for an official visit during the Ohio State weekend Nov. 19. Smith will wrap up his official visits with a trip to Gainesville (Nov. 26) when the Gators host the Seminoles for their annual clash.
Smith will not be taking an official visit to Alabama, and explained why. "I've already been down there like five times so there's nothing left for me to see," he said.
Depending upon whom one speaks to, Smith is leaning to one school or another. It appears that his family is a bit divided as well.
"To tell you the truth man, my parents never come out say where they want me to go, but I know they want me to go to Notre Dame," Smith said. "My sister wants me to go to Florida. When I went down there (earlier this year) she wanted me to commit right there."
Even with his college decision pending, Smith is still playing quite well for Rome high school. "I had 17 tackles," Smith said of his last game. "I had four sacks. They didn't start blitzing me until the second half, but then they turned me loose."