August 20, 2013

Smith likes what he sees at State

One of the top recruits in Michigan for the class of 2015 is cornerback Tyson Smith of Orchard Lake Saint Mary's School. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect was recently in East Lansing and SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with him.

Smith was offered by Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio earlier this summer and since then he has kept in frequent contact with the Spartan staff. This past weekend Smith traveled up to Michigan State to check out practice and develop some additional rapport with the staff and players. He spoke about his time on campus.

"I just visited Michigan State over the weekend," Smith stated "They offered me back in June. I love the school and football program. I grew up liking them. I like the football program because everyone treats each other well, they all seemed to get along and love being a part of the team"

The Spartans already have a commitment from Smith secondary partner, Jalen Watts-Jackson and would like nothing better than for the two standouts to continue their playing careers together in East Lansing. Orchard lake Saint Mary's is always one of the top programs in the state of Michigan and this year should be no exception. Smith talked about the upcoming season.

"We will be good again," he said. "We could be in for a state finals run back to ford field. Our goal is to win the Catholic League and then head on to states. We just have to become tougher mentally and play as one family. We have great coaching."

With an early offer from Michigan State, the Spartans have put themselves in a strong position with Smith, but they are certainly not the only high-level program involved. Smith talked about the other schools involved and the potential for more scholarship offers.
"I am hearing from just about everyone in the Big Ten Conference as well as USC, UCAL and Alabama," he said. "Several schools have talked about offering; I just need to make my way to those schools to visit. I hope to visit some, but it might be tough to do."

Smith would like to tray and visit some schools this fall, but it may be tough to do when you consider that the Eaglets play a lot of games on Saturday and just about every game is a big one. In addition to traditional Catholic League opponents such as Brother Rice, Detroit Catholic Central and Warren De La Salle, they also plays Ohio powerhouse Toledo Whitmer. OLSM opens the season against a very talented Oak Park squad on August 30th at Wayne state University

The Spartans staff will be trying to get out and see Smith play as much as the schedule permits this fall. Under Head Coach Mark Dantonio outstanding secondary play has become a hallmark of the Spartan program. Adding a player of Smith ability would certainly help to continue that tradition.


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