Tyler Smith, a 4-star receiver from McEachern, has played his last down this year. The talented 4-star junior announced on his Twitter account this morning he had suffered an ACL injury and was lost for the season.
Just got the news and I will miss my jr season due to a torn ACL
— Tyler Smith (@_lac14) September 14, 2015
He sustained the injury against Buford on Sept. 4.
Smith is a major UGA target for the Class of 2017 given his status and connection with classmate Bailey Hockman. Hockman became the first member of UGA’s 2017 recruiting class earlier this summer and the two have seemingly been playing together all of their lives.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder is rated by the 247sports composite as the No. 26 receiver in the 2017 class. He’s also listed among the nation’s top 200 overall prospects.
Smith told the AJC earlier this month that he’d honed in on three schools to track this fall. He said North Carolina, Auburn and UGA — in no particular order — were the three schools atop his leaderboard.
He made unofficial visits to each program this summer. He was at UGA’s “Dawg Night” prospect camp in July, and he told the AJC he remains in constant contact with the program.
“It feels like home,” Smith said of UGA at the time. “It isn’t too far. Things are great with them. The coaches are always showing love.”
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.