Georgia Football: Exclusive video from Tykee Smith
Georgia Football Safety Tykee Smith is in Los Angeles for The Opening, where the best high school candidates in the country compete against each other. Smith is a camp advisor along with LSU defense attorneys Derek Stingley Jr. and Elias Ricks and Florida defense attorney Kair Elam.
Smith is fresh from a left thumb cleanup performed by Georgia Football medical staff after an All-America season in West Virginia. Sources have indicated that he will have the cast removed from his left hand before the end of the month. Since arriving on campus in Athens, he’s been a full participant this off-season.
According to sources, Smith is likely to become the STAR position starter for Georgia this fall and has made a smooth transition into defense during his brief stint in Athens.
While defensive back Latavious Brini performed well during his first and only career start for Georgia at the Peach Bowl, it was a position the Bulldogs needed this off-season. It’s a central position for the run of systems chief Kirby Smart and defensive coordinator Dan Lanning in Georgia, with responsibilities in the run, pass and blitz packages on the roster.
Smith wasn’t a highly acclaimed player coming out of high school, but he developed quickly under the guidance of new defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae. In two seasons in West Virginia, Smith had 111 tackles, 10.5 of which resulted in a loss. He added four interceptions and 13 pass breakups to his total. Smith was instrumental in helping West Virginia lead the nation in overtaking yards.
His departure was a huge loss to the Mountaineers as Smith earned spots on multiple All-America teams in 2020. He was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Pro Football Focus ranked him 24th on the list of the 100 best players of 2020.
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