Smith headed to Navy

Smith headed to Navy

Henry Clay defensive lineman Ryan Smith took a trip to Annapolis this weekend and visited the Naval Academy. Before he left, he decided that he would be playing college football there.

Henry Clay defensive lineman Ryan Smith took a trip to Annapolis this weekend and visited the Naval Academy. Before he left, he decided that he would be playing college football there.

Ryan Smith picked up all kinds of interest from several programs during the year. TCU, LSU, Kentucky and Louisville all showed interest. Offers came in from Wofford, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee-Martin. But the offer that made him pull the trigger was Navy.

"I committed while I was there," said Smith. "I committed because just the overall package they have is very impressive with the football being at such a high level," said Smith. "And you have an education that is second to none. With facilities, campus and the players and coaches in the program, I feel it's a good fit for me," he said.

Smith said the Navy players and staff made him feel very comfortable during the whole trip and that played a big part in helping him make his decision.

"From the time I showed up, to the time I left, they were all great to me. They were very welcoming," he said. "Me and the coaches were talking about the history of Navy: all the wins, the future schedule they have and their motto of brotherhood. They strongly believe in it. The players were mainly talking about if they had would do it all over again, they all said they would and it's all worth it in the end. The bottom line is that it's college. They are a great bunch of guys that are playing big time football while getting a phenomenal education."

The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder said that they expect him to be in the rotation as a freshman.

Smith says his commitment to Navy is solid, but he wanted to follow through on the visit he promised with Tennessee Tech.

"I'm close with coach Cox, so I'm still taking that visit," he finished.

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