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.
High School: Wilson Area High School
Senior statistics: 172-for-323 for 3,130 yards, 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 16 player in Pennsylvania, No. 16 dual-threat quarterback. Scout.com -- Four stars, No. 18 quarterback. ESPN.com -- 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.”