Smith Commits to Notre Dame

Rome, Ga. linebacker Toryan Smith became the 24th-known commitment to Notre Dame today. The 6-0, 230-pound Smith announced his decision to play for the Irish on the popular "Countdown to Signing Day" show on Fox Sports South.

Linebacker Toryan Smith's commitment will fill a vital need for the Irish as the second linebacker commitment in the 2006 recruiting class. Smith is widely known as one of the first players to be offered by new Irish head coach Charlie Weis.

Toryan logged over 30 offers from DI schooll and chose Notre Dame over schools like Florida, Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma in the end.

"I just felt that Notre Dame was the best fit for me both academically and athletically," Smith said on why he chose Notre Dame. "I really liked it there."

Smith also said coach Weis and the defensive staff had a lot to do with his commitment.

"I really liked coach Weis," Smith said. "I also really liked coach Minter and coach Lewis. I really think they're going to start playing for championships there.

"Coach Weis is a great coach. He knows what it takes to get me to the next level. I think Notre Dame gives me the best chance to get there."

Was it a hard decision for Smith to make?

Yeah it was," Smith admitted. "It was hard to know I'm leaving home but my family and I kind of made the decision together and we all thought this was the best fit for me. I 'm really excited about my decision."

The Rome, Ga. native recorded 117 tackles, 10 sacks and three interceptions in his senior season. Top Stories