Tyler Smith, one of the state’s top receivers, told the AJC over the weekend that he’s arrived at a top three.
The 4-star from McEachern says North Carolina, Auburn and UGA — in no particular order — lead the way for his services.
Smith, who has reported eight offers, made unofficial visits to each school this summer. He was in attendance for UGA’s “Dawg Night” prospect camp in July, and he told the AJC he remains in constant communication with the Bulldogs.
“It feels like home,” Smith said of UGA. “It isn’t too far. Things are great with them. The coaches are always showing love.”
It’s worth noting that Smith’s quarterback at McEachern, Bailey Hockman, committed to UGA over the summer. Some believe the Bulldogs are the frontrunner as a result of the quarterback-receiver connection.
Another school showing interest is Auburn, where Smith has family ties. His cousin, Brad Ware, was a safety for the Tigers from 1996-98. Ware was teammates with current Auburn co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig.
“Coach Craig treats me well,” Smith said.
Smith had plans to attend Auburn’s opener against Louisville on Saturday, but was forced to miss the game due to an apparent knee injury he suffered against Buford on Friday. The extent of the injury remains unknown.
As a result, Smith says he’ll likely take a few unofficial visits to Auburn later this fall. He plans to unofficially visit Kentucky, Tennessee and UGA, too.
Smith is the state’s No. 26 prospect in the state for 2017.