Smith Almost Ready

Linebacker Toryan Smith of Rome high school (Ga.) isn't ready to make his college decision, but an announcement is on the horizon. Smith has two official visits remaining before he's ready to decide. Is Notre Dame still an option for this playmaker from the South?

Toryan Smith has already visited Oklahoma, Alabama and Notre Dame officially. He has two official visits remaining before he is ready to announce his college destination.

"Right now I've got it down to four; Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Alabama,' Smith said of his four finalists. "This weekend I have my official visit to Michigan. Then next weekend I have my visit to Florida. After that, I'll be able to make my final decision the following week. It was going to end before then, but then I thought about it and decided that I had to finish out my visits. I've had a lot of fun so I didn't want to fly through it (recruiting process)."

This weekend Smith travels to Ann Arbor to watch one the greatest college rivalries in college football when the Wolverines take on the Buckeyes of Ohio State.

"I don't know what to expect, both of them have had their ups and downs, but I know it's going to be a great game," Smith said of the annual battle. "Hopefully Michigan pulls it out. I'm going to be going for them because I'm visiting them.

"I'm eager to see what this weather's like. They say it's going to be cold. It's 50 degrees here right now, and everybody is running around with their winter coats on."

If seeing Michigan and Ohio State wasn't enough, Smith will travel to Gainesville to watch another big game the following weekend for his final official visit.

"Florida plays Florida State and that's going to be it," Smith said of his final official visit. "I think Florida will win. It's a really big game for both of them because they both have lost some games that they shouldn't have lost, so I think it's a big game.

"It's really going to be a big game recruiting wise because I think both are underachieving. It's an in-state game so it's big time," Smith added.

Toryan has visited on four different occasions. Most recently he was in South Bend for the USC game.

"I had a good time," he recalled of his official visit to Notre Dame for the USC weekend. "It would have been a lot better if they would have pulled it out. They did a good job of hosting me and showing me a good time. I didn't want to show too much. I wanted to keep them guessing, but they showed me a good time; they have some good people there."

The Irish received a verbal commitment from another Georgia linebacker prospect, Morrice Richardson, earlier in the week. With the ever shrinking scholarship spots available it's still a question as to whether the Irish will have a spot available for Smith when he decides.

"They told me that I have one until the end, but I know how things work," Smith said of his conversations with the Notre Dame coaching staff. "They told me they'd give me time to make my decision and they don't want to rush me or force me to make a decision. So I'm not going to rush my decision if I'm not ready. If they're going to give my scholarship to someone else, it's something they got to do. They told me that they're going to wait on me. I'm not going to mess around; I'm going to tell them if I lose interest or if I want to come."

Smith and his Rome teammates take on Northside Warner Robbins this weekend in the Class 2A state quarterfinals. Smith has four defensive touchdowns on the season.

Comments: Looking at the available scholarships and the needs of the Irish, it's tough to figure out how they will have room for Smith. That being said, I believe the relationship between Notre Dame and Smith goes beyond football, so I think it's very possible that they will save a spot for him. The second part of that equation is where Smith wants to play his college football and that has yet to be determined.


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