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Tight end who was dismissed from Georgia commits to Alabama after a year in junior college

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After being dismissed from Georgia after his freshman year, tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith will make his return to the SEC. This time he’ll be suiting up for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

After getting a call with a scholarship offer from Alabama head coach Nick Saban Monday, Flournoy-Smith announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide Monday night.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Flournoy-Smith, who took an official visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend, is the only tight end in Alabama’s top-ranked 2014 class. He is rated a two-star prospect by Rivals and also had offers from Louisville and South Florida.

Flournoy-Smith was a three-star recruit and rated as the nation’s No. 12 tight end when he signed with Georgia in 2012. He played in eight games, mostly on special teams, for Georgia, but ran into trouble twice at UGA. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he was arrested for “filing a false report of a crime for cashing in text books he had reported as stolen.” He also admitted to smoking marijuana when police were called to a room he was in with safety Josh Harvey-Clemons.

In his lone season at Georgia Military, Flournoy-Smith caught six passes for 134 yards and five touchdowns while blocking in a run-heavy offense.

“It was going really good until he broke his foot,” Georgia Military coach Bert Williams told the AJC. “He got rolled up blocking a guy in our third or fourth game. He made it back for the last regular-season game and bowl game. He wasn’t 100-percent but he was out there. He did a really good job for us.”

It appears that Flournoy-Smith has made positive changes in his life. He impressed Williams during his time at Georgia Military.

“We haven’t had any problems with Ty,” Williams said. “He has done fine in the Cadet Corps. He has worked hard on the field and he has done well in the classroom. He came in with a good attitude, and he was really helpful with some of our freshmen guys. He was shown good leadership in helping them get past the freshmen challenges they all deal with. We’ve been very pleased with him. He’s a good young man and will do well.”

Flournoy-Smith will graduate from Georgia Military after this quarter and then will have three years to play two seasons for Alabama.

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