April 18, 2009

QB Smith adds new offer

Easton (Pa.) Wilson Area quarterback Tyler Smith recently picked up a new offer, bringing him up to a total of six. The talented dual-threat also took a trip to one of the schools that had offered him earlier.

At 6-foot-4 and 195-pounds, Smith is an intriguing quarterback prospect for many college coaches. While he completed just 51-percent of his passes as a junior last fall at Wilson Area, his touchdown to interception ratio of 35-to-11 is impressive, to say the least. He also averaged nearly 20 yards per completion, so he was getting the ball down the field.

He recently spoke about what the recruiting process has been like lately.

"I went to Maryland for a spring game," Smith said, noting that the Terrapins have offered. "I went to Pitt for a spring game, too.

"Maryland was good. It was a good time. I got to sit in on some meetings and I was on the sidelines listening to the plays. I got familiar with some of the terminology. We ate lunch, I got a campus tour, and then there was an academic presentation.

"I guess the campuses (at Pitt and Maryland) are just different. Pitt's in the city, while Maryland -- in College Park -- is more of a college town. They're similar pro-style offenses, which is something I'd like to get into."

Smith noted he has been talking to Clemson and Rutgers lately. He also mentioned a new school that has jumped into the mix.

"Rutgers just recently offered," he said. "Coach has been talking to a bunch of different schools, too. He thinks Iowa is close to offering, or is going to offer. We'll see what May brings."

Smith said he does not know what school he will visit next. He said he would like to narrow things down to two or three schools by late July or early August so he can focus most of his attention on his senior season.

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