Four Team Race

Scout.com No. 1 offensive lineman Andre Smith decided last week to take an official visit to Florida. Smith is back from Gainesville, talks about the visit to the Swamp and the decision before him.

"I really enjoyed my visit to Florida this weekend," said Andre Smith from Huffman, (Ala.). "It was a lot of fun. My hosts were Marcus Manson and Tim Tebow. I had a great time with both of them. I was already very familiar with Tim. I thought Markus was a real cool dude. He was a lot of fun."

"I met most of the players this weekend. I really enjoyed hanging out with everyone. The basketball game was fun."

The Gator fans expressed their support for the nation's top offensive lineman as the Florida men's basketball team played host to Vanderbilt on Saturday.

"The fans were great," Smith said. "They were yelling and chanting my name the whole time. There were a ton of signs that had my name on them. I saw one big poster board that said, "We Want You Andre". I thought that was really cool."

Coach Urban Meyer made an in-home visit with Smith two weeks ago, and the Smith family enjoyed spending time with the Florida head coach this weekend.

"The meeting with coach Meyer went well," he said. "I like him a lot. He is real cool. He expects you to work hard, and he wants to win. He told me how he has really enjoyed getting to know me and my family."

Before his weekend visit in Gainesville, Smith had narrowed his college choices to three schools, and Florida has now jumped into the picture.

"Florida is right there with the rest of them," he said. "I will make my decision on Wednesday at Huffman. I don't know what time I will do it yet. I am deciding between Alabama, Florida, LSU and USC."

Smith talks about his four favorites.

Alabama: "I love the tradition and the opportunity to play early."

Florida: "There is a opportunity to play early. They have four offensive lineman leaving. I like all the guys down there from playing with them in the All-American game."

LSU: "There is an opportunity to play early as well. They are losing their left tackle this year."

USC: "They were national champs last year. I know a lot of players who are committed there."

Smith hosted his final in-home visitors last Thursday and he shared, "Coach [Mike] Shula, coach Cheese [Charlie Harbison] and coach [Bob] Connelly came in last Thursday. The visit went really good. I really had a lot of fun speaking to them about Alabama."

"They told me the opportunity for me to come in and play right away was there for me. They were telling me how great it would be for me to stay in-state and play for Alabama. It was a really good visit. I enjoyed it."

Smith claims the pressure to stay in-state has been with him for a long time, and he will make a huge impact at the school of his choice.

"There has always been some pressure to stay in-state, but it really hasn't bothered me at all," he said. "I know I have to make the best decision for myself."

"There is going to be a lot of praying going on the next few days. I am going to let God tell me where I need to go."

When asked if one school recruited harder than the others Smith replied, "They were pretty much all about the same. There wasn't one school who stood out over the others in terms of recruiting me. Everyone did a great job. The thing that really stands out about all the schools I'm considering--they all have great academics."


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