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May 5, 2009

Tyler Smith discusses Terps commitment

Tyler Smith often found himself distracted during the recruiting process.

Smith, a 6-foot-5, 198-pound quarterback from Wilson Area High School in Easton, Pa., would listen to college coaches throughout the spring. Akron, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and UConn all came calling. But Smith’s mind had a habit of drifting to the sixth school on his list during those visits.

“I mean Maryland’s been number one for awhile,” Smith said. “And I’ve been thinking about it for awhile. All these coaches were coming in and talking to me. The whole time they’re talking, [I’m just thinking] Maryland, Maryland, Maryland. I thought I’m not going to like anyone better than Maryland, there’s no doubt in my mind, so why not verbally commit early?”

Smith pledged to the Terps on Sunday night. He’ll have an opportunity to compete with Jamarr Robinson, C.J. Brown and Danny O’Brien to replace Chris Turner in 2010.

“They have two quarterbacks in spring ball right now, which is good,” Smith said. “They signed two in this upcoming class and they’re probably going to sign two in my class, so the job’s pretty much wide open after this year, so we’ll see. ... [The Maryland staff] told me it was a great quarterback situation and the best player is going to play. I know I’m going to compete and maybe [I’ll come in and play] or maybe I’m going to have to sit a couple years and wait my turn. But no matter what, I’m going to compete and do my best.”

In addition to the Terps’ attractive depth chart, Smith said he hit it off with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach James Franklin, who backed up Wilson coach Bret Comp at quarterback in the early 1990s at East Stroudsburg (Pa.). There are some similarities in their coaching philosophies, Smith said.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say we run the same type of offense,” Smith said. “But going over plays and coverages, they use the same terminology and everything. [Coach Franklin and Comp have different personalities], but they’re both really serious about winning and they expect a lot out of the quarterback position.”

Smith, who led Wilson to a 12-1 record last fall, said he’s focused on his senior season and happy to leave recruiting behind. He intends to arrive in College Park next fall with the highest of expectations in mind.

“Well I’m pretty much going to stay focused on academics right now,” Smith said. “Coach Franklin talked about helping him recruit, just to help surround myself with the best players possible and help win a national championship at Maryland.”

Click here for Wilson coach Bret Comp’s take on Smith’s decision.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:22 AM | | Comments (1)


Matt- I get really frustrated sometimes reading the articles like the one on Barton.
Why is it, or, what are the theories for why MD can not get our blue chippers? Ross is huge, but its a freak occurance.
Donte Taylor, Vinson, Durant, Spurlock, etc. etc. and on and on.
Why? They can try all they want and say they have been talking to kids since they were 10 years old, but if you dont get them, bottom line, your doing something wrong.
MD has blown away Kentucky the last few years. The final fours, the NCAA Title. ACC Title. Great, now Barton ends up at Kentucky simply because Calipari is there now? Whats the logic?

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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