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UGA TE commit has Heisman aspirations

1/19/2012

Four-star Georgia commitment Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County) chose the Bulldogs over the Florida Gators last March, giving head coach Mark Richt and assistant coach John Lilly one of the most productive tight ends in the Southeast. Through the last two years, Smith has reeled in 88 catches for 1,268 yards under Packers head coach Rush Probst, and he hopes to raise the bar even higher during his career in Athens.

“I know this might make some people laugh, but my goal at Georgia is to be the first tight end to win the Heisman Trophy,” Smith said. “I think I can do that in Georgia’s offense.”

Smith took his official visit to Georgia this past weekend, and though he enjoyed learning about his potential on the gridiron, it was his academic future that had him most excited on this visit to Athens.

“My favorite part of the trip was learning about the educational program,” Smith said. “They showed me the classes I would be taking, and talked to me about how the Terry Business School is like the No. 2 business program in the country. I could come out of Georgia set up for a really good career.”

Smith’s host was freshman offensive lineman Xzavier Ward, who starred at Colquitt County just a year ago. Soon the former teammates will be paired up once again, as Smith is only two weeks away from signing his letter of intent. He said Ward let him know that he should sleep in as much as he can now, because those days will soon be over.

“He said he hates getting up for the workouts in the morning, and that they will work you hard, but he also said that being at Georgia is a lot of fun,” Smith said.

While he was on campus, the staff at Georgia was able to show Smith how he will be used in the Bulldogs' pro-style offense.

“The coaches tell me they plan to use me just like Orson Charles, by me putting my hand down sometimes, flexing me out, playing some wide receiver and moving me all over the field,” Smith said.

Along with Smith, two uncommitted prospects arrived for their official visits Friday, and Smith went to work on trying to get them to Georgia. The Moultrie native was able to tell one familiar face why he chose the Bulldogs over the Gators.

“I hung out with the two linebackers looking at Georgia, and although they would not admit they were going to Georgia, they both seemed to really like it there,” Smith said. “I know Josh Harvey-Clemons well because we play each other in high school. He is a really cool guy and I made sure to let him know he needed to play for his home state school in college and not leave for Florida. We need to stay together so we can win some rings. I think we get him.”