Offensive lineman Phil Smith from Jesuit High in Tampa, Fla., came out of nowhere to earn several…
OL Phil Smith Commits to Georgia Tech
Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit offensive lineman Phil Smith gave his pledge to Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson this morning. Smith was in Atlanta this weekend for his official visit to the Tech campus. "It went well," said Smith. "I liked the place a lot. I committed to them this morning." Phil was hosted by fellow offensive lineman and former Jesuit player A.J. Smith. When it came time to talk with Coach Johnson on Sunday morning, the meeting went by pretty quickly since Phil knew his decision was made. "He asked if I had any questions," said Smith. He told Coach that A.J. and future position coach Todd Spencer had answered them throughout the course of the weekend. The next step was to seal the deal. "I told him right then and there I was committing." Tech will employ two different coaches for the offensive line under Coach Johnson. Coach Spencer coaches the tackles so that appears to be where the Yellow Jacket coaches have Smith pegged. Phil says he is currently 6'6" and weighs 280 pounds. He has really added much of that weight to his frame in just about a year and a half. "Last year I played tight end and I was 235 before the season," said Smith. "Actually, my playing weight this year was 280 and I got to that over the summer. I'll probably be around 295, maybe 300. I'll be there by fall." In addition to hanging out a lot with A.J. Smith, Phil also got to know the follow other current GT players: Michael Peterson (also formerly from Jesuit), Matt Rhodes, Derrick Morgan and Dominique Reese. Over the course of the weekend, Phil's activities included touring the athletic facilities, the stadium, weight room, academic facilities, and campus in general. They also got to check out some nice eating establishments. They dinned at Fox Sports Grill and ESPN Zone for lunch and had dinners at The Capital Grille and Fogo de Chão. Fogo may have gone a long way in helping Phil get to his targeted playing weight. "I'm probably 290 right now," Smith said about his recovery from the popular Atlanta restaurant.
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