May 3, 2009

Quarterback commits to Terps

Quarterbacks are evaluated more than prospects at any other position, so when they receive their offers it's usually safe to assume they have earned them. Maryland's coaching staff has felt good about the newest member of their Class of 2010 for quite a while now.

On Sunday night Easton (Pa.) Wilson Area quarterback Tyler Smith became the fifth member of Maryland's recruiting class for this year.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback feels like Maryland is a great fit for him.

"Yes, it's true," Smith confirmed late Sunday evening. "I actually just called them tonight. Maryland's been number one for a long time. I just talked to my parents tonight and decided this was best for me.

"First of all, they just have a great quarterback situation. It's a pro-style offense and I think I'll fit great into that.

"I really like coach Franklin, the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, and I'll be spending most of my time with him. It's just a very good situation. I feel great about it. There's not a doubt it my mind."

That means Smith won't be visiting any other schools. Prior to making his decision he had received offers from UConn, Pitt, Syracuse and Akron in addition to Maryland.

Smith was recently in College Park for Maryland's annual spring game. He said that trip went well.

While he would like to get on the field early like almost anyone else, Smith knows that he might have to wait his turn. He's okay with that.

"They said the job is open and they're gonna play the best guy," Smith said of the Maryland coaches. "I know I might have to sit a couple of years, but either way I'm going to compete and do my best."

As a junior Smith completed 51-percent of his passes for 2,952 yards, 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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