Colorado State picked up what looks to be their final commitment of the 2017 recruiting class on Saturday, when four-star Georgia receiver Tyler Smith announced his decision to sign with the Rams.
I would like to announce that I have sign to ........... pic.twitter.com/jOmKyB0w6B— Tyler Smith (@_lac14) May 27, 2017
Smith originally committed to North Carolina in 2015 and de-committed from the Tar Heels as recently as May 23. According to a report released in January of this year by CBS Sports, there was a high probability UNC wanted Smith to grey shirt, where incoming freshmen sit out classes until the second semester of their freshman year. Smith certainly landed on his feet with Colorado State.
Smith had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Miami (FL.) Michigan, North Carolina State, Oregon, and Tennessee, but it is likely that a number of those schools closed their doors on late signees a while ago.
There is no doubt that Smith is a major pickup for the Rams, as he is the highest rated recruit of their class, according to 247Sports. Scout ranks him as the fifth best receiver in the hotbed football state of Georgia, 17th in the Southern region, and 47th receiver in his class, while 247Sports places Smith as the 43rd best player in the state and the 59th overall receiver nationally.
With Smith’s pledge, Mike Bobo and his staff now have reeled in a total of 28 recruits to their 2017 class. Smith is an especially important addition to that class, as there is only one other receiver in it, three-star Warren Jackson from California.
The McEachern High School (Powder Springs, GA.) recruit didn’t play in very many games as an upperclassman in his junior and senior seasons, as he suffered a pair of knee injuries. Nonetheless, Smith is a speedster who is capable of making quick cuts and can help out the Rams on special teams, as he is proven to be an effective returner. Whoever leads Colorado State as quarterback in the upcoming years will have a soft target to throw to in Smith, especially in short distances, where he excels.
Check out his sophomore and junior season highlights, which many consider to be his best two years and the reason he reeled in so many offers from high profile schools:
More to come.