Smith Commits to Dream School

ATHENS – Ty Smith was driving to Athens on a mission.

The Colquitt County tight end was headed to Athens on a mission, and he was sure of his decision to commit to Georgia.

"I already knew that I was going to commit before I got there. I was confident about the decision. I had been thinking about it for about a week. I have thought about it for a while now. So I didn't have any hesitation to go to school at Georgia," he said.

Smith is Georgia's third commitment of the class of 2012, and Scout.com's Chad Simmons considers him the seventh-best tight end in the South.

But Georgia tight end coach John Lilly said that Smith was tops on Georgia's tight end list.

"Coach Lilly told me that I was one of his main targets at tight end. He said that he was pretty shocked that I was ready to commit. He also said that he was glad that I was doing it this early because of being able to concentrate on winning the state title. That's the main reason I did it so early," Smith said.

Colquitt fell in the Georgia Class AAAAA State Finals, and Smith said he's eager to get back and win the title in 2011.

Smith describes his style as a "hybrid" tight end.

"I am more of what they like to call a hybrid. I can catch well, but I can also be attached to the line," he said.

Football alone wasn't the reason Smith picked Georgia, but he's been pulling for the red and black since he was little.

"They have a great business program there," he said. "I want to be a part of their football program. I grew up a Dawg fan."

Georgia's staff was glad to have that in their back pocket going into recruiting. When Smith told him he was committing the trio of offensive coaches recruiting him were thrilled.

"They were all very happy. I sat down with Coach Richt. I told him, and he and Coach Bobo and Coach Lilly were very exited," he said.

"I get to live out my dream of playing for Georgia," Smith said.

Chad Simmons contributed to this report...

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