Taj Smith Returns to the East Coast

Taj Smith is a junior college wide receiver who took a surprise visit to Syracuse last weekend with his Bakersfield Community College teammates Cory Actis and Larry Norton. There has been talk of a commitment, and Scout.com has caught up with Smith for the latest.

Smith, a 6-foot-1, 185 pound wide receiver, is originally from the New Jersey area, and he was ecstatic to come back closer to his home for an official visit. He was so impressed with what the Orange had to offer him that he called and made a commitment to Coach [Greg] Robinson Thursday night.

"The visit went perfect. It had everything. It blew me away. I committed to them! I talked to coach Robinson yesterday, and I told him I was excited to play for him," reported Smith. "I am originally from North New Jersey, so I am really excited to come back and play closer to my home."

The proximity to New Jersey was not the only reason Smith issued a verbal commitment, as he was also blown away by what the school and the football program had to offer. Smith was looking for a school where he could not only succeed on the field, but he also wanted the opportunity to succeed in the classroom. He felt Syracuse provided all of that and more.

"I got along with the players. I clicked with the coaches, and I was able to talk to them easily and everything. There were many friendly people there; everybody was friendly. It was a nice area to be around. There are not too many people that go to the school, and that is a big plus for me."

Smith was a major player for Bakersfield, as he reeled in an impressive 51 catches for over 900 yards and 10 touchdowns. There had been talk that he may still take some official visits to other schools, but his recruitment ended with the verbal to Syracuse.

"I am done. I am not going to be taking any more visits. I am an immediate transfer. I will be enrolling in January," said Smith.

Smith is also excited that he will have the chance to come into the program and have an immediate impact on the team, as they look to improve and become an upper echelon Big East program.

"I am happy to be able to go back to the East Coast and showcase my talent. They provide me a pretty good opportunity to play early at Syracuse, so I am really excited."

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