RECRUITING: Georgia LB says OU will get visit

Rome, Ga. linebacker Toryan Smith talks about his style of play, five early leaders and interest in Oklahoma.


Toryan Smith is a well-known product in Georgia, and the longer recruiting goes the more that he will become a national recruit as well.

Smith goes into his senior year as a four-year starter, beginning as a defensive end his freshman year and then moving to middle linebacker the last three years.

Last season, Smith finished with 112 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, eight sacks and three interceptions. For his career, Smith has 270 tackles, and last year he was named first-team all-state.

"I am a very physical player," said Smith. "I never back away from a hit. Whenever I have a chance to lay into somebody I take that opportunity. I am very physical and love to play a physical game. That is why I like middle linebacker so much, because you are always hitting somebody. You are either knocking heads with a lineman or hitting a running back or quarterback."

Smith can bench 340 pounds, squats 480 and he has posted a 34-inch vertical jump. Last summer, Smith went to the Auburn, Clemson, Tennessee, Florida State and Notre Dame summer camps, and he has already been to Oklahoma on an unofficial visit this year.

"It went pretty well," said Smtih. "I got a chance to meet the entire coaching staff and I had a chance to sit down with Coach (Brent) Venables and Coach (Cale) Gundy. Coach Venables would be my position coach and Coach Gundy is recruiting me. They just went over with me how I could fit into their program and how I could be an impact player on their team. I liked the visit a lot. They left a big impression on me. They have a beautiful campus, the best facilities and they are winning Big 12 titles and playing for national championships. It is far from home, but it is not to outrageous. I am very interested in OU. They are in my top five.

Right now Smith says Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Auburn are his top five.

"I have been offered by 11 schools up to this point. People say recruiting gets old and that it is a long process, but I don't feel that way. I am having fun and I am having a great time in looking at all the schools that are interested in me. I have a top five, but I am looking at all the schools that have offered me, and I feel that I am blessed to be in this situation."

Smith plans to go to the Nike camp in Georgia and the MSL camp at Auburn. He also says that he may not come back to Norman in the summer, but he will definitely take an official visit to OU during the recruiting period.

"My dad (Charles/1980-83) played at the University of Georgia and he has already gone through the recruiting process," said the younger Smith. "In the ninth grade my dad laid it out for me what I needed to do to get a scholarship for college and what it would take. He has pushed me academically and athletically and I have already qualified. So, I am going to enjoy the recruiting process and I don't think anything is going to catch me by surprise."

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