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#Take Me Home ‘19: Top 500 Player Tykee Smith Commits to West Virginia

West Virginia just picked up one of the best players in Pennsylvania.

Newest WVU commit Tykee Smith

Dana Holgorsen and his staff have made it a point to sell the Big 12 brand of football to the recruits in the surrounding states. Holgorsen and his staff have also made it a point to prioritize the state of Pennsylvania, which produces the eighth most blue-chip players in the nation. This focus has brought in players like Dravon Askew-Henry, Kwantel Raines, and now Tykee Smith.

Smith was a do-it-all star for Imhotep Institute, located in Philadelphia. Smith’s versatility was showcased last year as he helped lead Imhotep to the PIAA Class 4A title game last fall. He rushed for 541 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 13 passes for 261 yards and five touchdowns on offense, while also intercepting three passes while lining up all over formations.

Not only is Smith uber-talented on the field but his assistant coach told “His overall football knowledge, I would rate him in the top two or three I ever coached. He just understands football and cares about it. He watches film, and when he sees formations in practice more than once. you never fool him twice. He is that kind of kid.”


Height: 5’-11”

Weight: 187 lbs

Power 5 Offers: Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Syrcause, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Baylor, Kansas, Duke, Minnesota, Missouri, NC State, Pitt, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Minnesota

Big 3 Ratings:

  • 247Sports - 3* (88 rating)
  • Rivals - 4* (5.8 rating)
  • ESPN - 3* (77 rating)

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