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Former Georgia TE Flournoy-Smith headed to Alabama

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

After a year in junior college, former Georgia tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith appears to be headed back to the SEC.

AL.com and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday night that Flournoy-Smith, ranked as one of the top JUCO tight ends out of Georgia Military College, committed to the Alabama .

Flournoy-Smith was dismissed from UGA after a string of off-field incidents, including an arrest for calling in a false crime (reporting textbooks he sold as stolen) and a violation of the school's marijuana-use policy.

Georgia Military coach Bert Williams confirmed Flournoy-Smith's commitment to the AJC, and spoke highly of the tight end's brief time on campus.

"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 has 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."

Williams added that Ole Miss had offered, and appeared to be Flournoy-Smith's destination. However, when things fell through -- according to Williams, Ole Miss "started hemming and hawing, and it wasn't going to work" -- the coaches contacted Alabama. When the numbers worked out for the Tide, Flournoy-Smith had a spot back in the SEC.

Flournoy-Smith will graduate from Georgia Military College this quarter and have two years of eligibility at Alabama.

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