UCLA Recruits Georgia Linebacker

Toryan Smith, the 6-0, 240-pound linebacker from Georgia, has 23 scholarship offers, including a few from the west coast. Smith recently took a swing through Southern California, too...

Rome (GA.) High linebacker Toryan Smith is getting a jump start on visiting college campuses, making a significant number of unofficial visits before his junior year is even done.

One of the places that Smith visited was UCLA.

"I was there two weeks ago Saturday (May 14th)," he said. "UCLA has a beautiful campus, real nice. I had a great time there. A lot of the coaches were out recruiting, and I know some were down here (in Georgia), but I still got to meet Coach (Eric) Bieniemy and Coach (Doc) Kreis. Their middle linebacker, Justin London, showed me around the school. He's from the South too so he talked to me about his adjustment."

Tight end coach Jon Embree has been out to the Rome High campus this Spring already. Smiths said, "Coach Embree, he's a pretty good guy. He's got a good rep. Talks really well. He left a real good impression."

Smith has offers from nearly a quarter of all Division I schools. "I've got 23 offers. But I'm really wide open. I'll start narrowing my list down in mid to late summer."

Aside from the Bruins, Smith is hearing from Oregon and Washington amongst West Coast schools.

Active last year on the camp circuit (he attended five), he has not been to any camps or combines in 2005. But he has plans to take in the summer camps at Auburn and Mississippi.

Smith said because he hasn't even pared down his list, he doesn't have any plans to decide until after his season. "Im not going to say I'll wait until Signing Day. But I'm going to take my official visits. I'm not going to rush things."

Florida State was Smith's favorite school growing up, as was Notre Dame. The Irish have offered him, and while the Seminoles have yet to offer, they are recruiting him.

Some other schools that have tendered offers are Texas, Oklahoma, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Duke, Kentucky, Washington and Nebraska.

During his junior year, Smith had 112 tackles with 19 for loss, eight sacks, and three interceptions.

Academically, he has a 3.1 GPA and scored a solid 19 on the ACT.


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