Smith "Outstanding" at Big Man Academy

Lacey Township big man Tyrell Smith has been on the Rutgers radar for more than a year and is very high on the program. Still trying to earn a verbal scholarship offer, Smith took place in yesterday's Big Man Academy with the Rutgers coaching staff. Come inside to see his reactions and how much closer he may be to an offer.

Lacey Township high school (Lanoka Harbor, N.J.) Tyrell Smith left yesterday's Big Man Academy at Rutgers with a lot of confidence in himself.

Smith said he received rave reviews from the coaching staff and felt he was one of the top-performing offensive linemen at the event.

"I feel like I did really well," Smith said. "I think I was a standout. I just wanted to come out and do my thing and have everyone there remember my name."

Offensive line coach Kyle Flood and tight end coach Brian Angelicho kept a close eye on Smith, he said, and he felt he improved by taking pointers from them.

"Coach Flood told me he thought I was outstanding," Smith said. "He liked that I was working hard and liked the way I moved my feet. He's really energetic. He was telling me everything I was doing was good, but I need to keep my eyes straight up and focused on the guy I'm blocking."

Smith did not receive an offer. The lone offer out of the camp to a 2012 lineman went to Derrick Nelson from Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.).

Smith, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman with abilities on both sides of the ball, did not mind going home without an offer, he said. The experience alone was worth it.

"I learned about the importance of keeping a wide base," Smith said. "I just did offense today. I like defense, but I want the opportunity to just play more than anything. It was good to compete with what I'm told are the top linemen in the Northeast."

Upon departure from a long day at Rutgers, Smith said the coaches told him to expect a phone call in the next two weeks.

"I'll be waiting," Smith said. "I don't know when [the call is coming], but soon. Hopefully it's an offer."

Smith said he loved being back inside Rutgers Stadium and the Bubble again and that he is a big fan of the facilities. He has never been to a game at Rutgers Stadium, but said that will change this year.

"It's nice," Smith said. "I love it there. They showed me videos of what it's like when it's packed and all the fans going crazy. I want to come to a game this year."

Camps at Boston College, Penn State and Connecticut are in Smith's travel plans for the next month, he said. Smith does not hold any verbal offers. He prefers playing on the defensive line, but said most schools prefer him as an offensive lineman, including Rutgers.

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