Florida prep football star Darrell Smith has never been to Fayetteville, Arkansas, but he thinks it's the place for him when it comes to playing his college football.
Smith, a 6-2, 185-pound strong safety prospect from Port St. Joe, privately committed to the University of Arkansas last Thursday and then went public with it on Monday.
"I committed last Thursday after thinking about it for quite awhile," Smith said. "I just really like the coaches and what they are doing with their program and think I will fit in at safety in the type of defense they are trying to play.
"I have been to Arkansas before, to Monette where I have a friend," Smith added. "It seems like a great state and I know how much they love the Razorbacks."
Smith, who had 149 tackles last season and has 20 in a pair of games so far this season for the Tiger Sharks, has offers from Arkansas and Toledo while also getting interest from Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Duke, Tulane and others.
"There were a lot of teams telling me that they were probably going to offer me after the season if they liked my film, but I like the fact that Arkansas thinks I am good enough right now for them," Smith said. "That means a lot to me. I would say that I am about 90 percent sure nothing could change my mind about coming there."
That's in large part due to Razorback assistant Paul Petrino, his lead recruiter.
"He's just a great coach and we have a great relationship," Smith said. "I know that coaches just try to seem like the best guys ever because that is what recruiting is all about. But he seems like the real deal."
Smith has hopes to have a big year on defense.
"I really like to make the big hit and don't take a play off," Smith said. "I also play offense, but defense is my thing and where I want to play in college."
He is the 11th Arkansas commit of the 2010 class.
Port St. Joe is 1-1 so far this season with a 19-17 win over Bay and a 31-13 loss to Rutherford.
The Tiger Sharks take on Interlachen this Friday.
"We got to the third round of the playoffs last season and I feel like we can go a long way this year even though we don't have a lot of guys back," Smith said. "We just need to keep working hard and get better."
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