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January 28, 2010

Meet Tyler Smith

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Tyler Smith
Birthdate: Oct. 3, 1991
Birthplace: Easton, Pa.
Hometown: Easton, Pa.
Height: 6’4
Weight: 200
Position: Quarterback

High School: Wilson Area High School
Senior statistics: 172-for-323 for 3,130 yards, 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions
Rankings: -- Three stars, No. 16 player in Pennsylvania, No. 16 dual-threat quarterback. -- Four stars, No. 18 quarterback. -- Four stars, No. 8 quarterback, 80 rating.
40-yard dash: 4.9
Runner-up: Florida State and Pittsburgh
Other schools considered: UConn, Iowa, Rutgers, Syracuse
Favorite NFL player: Drew Brees
Favorite NFL team: Oakland Raiders
Favorite all-time Terp: Boomer Esiason
Favorite music: “Anything, really. I listen to anything. It doesn’t really matter.”
Favorite book: "Bleachers" by John Grisham
Favorite movie: “I like a bunch of movies. I can’t pick just one. I like action movies, sports movies and comedies.”
Favorite TV show: “SportsCenter”
Favorite food: Seafood
Favorite high school class: Independent Living
Favorite thing about College Park: “I like the campus. I like that it’s a true college campus. There’s a lot of things to do, and it’s close to Baltimore and the Inner Harbor and all that.”
Other high school sports: “I used to play baseball.”
Hobbies: “Hunting, fishing, playing cards with my friends. We play Texas Hold’em a lot.”
Intended major: Physical education
Something that not many people know about you: “I have a hunting cabin that we go up to. We hunt deer, bear, pretty much anything. It’s like a getaway spot -- it doesn’t even have running water. It’s just a place to go.”
Best football moment: “Probably playing Bangor. We won, 50-40. It was a fun game. ... It was probably the most fun game I’ve played in.”
Role model: “I look up to my dad and grandfather, just because they’re good people. If I could be like them someday, I’d consider myself a successful person.”
Why Maryland? “I get along good with the coaches and I felt it was just the right place to call home. It wasn’t too far and it wasn’t too close. It had good academics and I think Coach [Ralph] Friedgen and his staff are outstanding people and coaches. So it was a good fit for me.”

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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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