Wide receiver Tyrone Smith enrolled at Utah on Feb. 4 and will participate in spring ball, the Utes announced today. Smith, a 6-4, 197-pound freshman didn't play last year, as he was completing academic requirements. According to Hudl.com, Smith runs a 4.84 40, which isn't particularly quick for a wide receiver, but could translate into a tight end.
Smith was CentralValleyFootball.com's People's Choice All-Valley second team as a senior in 2013. At Edison High School (Calif.), Smith had 20 catches for 437 yards as a senior in 2013 and was named to the 2014 City County All-Star Game. In a win over Sanger High School, Smith had just four catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Edison went 9-2 in 2013. In his junior year (2012), Smith caught 14 passes for 324 yards.
His film* shows a player who can stretch the field and out jump smaller DBs for the football. Smith is strong and can muscle through defensive backs for extra yards after the catch. He has decent moves in the open field, but he doesn't have the shake of a Dres Anderson or Kaelin Clay. Smith was used in the Wildcat formation and had decent wheels around the edge. He runs with strength and arm tackles don't bring him down. He'll remind Utah fans of Anthony Denham, big, strong, and with reliable hands, but he's not going to outrun a Pac-12 defensive back down the field.
A versatile athlete, Smith also played safety and was both an interception waiting to happen, as well as a hitter. In high school, he played basketball and ran track in addition to playing football.
*All stats and film courtesy of Hudl.