Talented WR Has Tigers In Top Group

Big wide receiver Kwinton Smith talks about his visit to Auburn and gives his thoughts on the Tigers.

Dillon, S.C.--A three-star prospect with offers from all over the country, 6-4 wide receiver Kwinton Smith from Dillon High visited Auburn on Friday and Saturday along with junior teammates D.J. Park and Bryce King. Making his first trip to the Plains, Smith said he had a great time seeing the campus and talking with the Auburn coaching staff.

"It was great, I loved it," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I found out a bunch of things and learned a lot. I had a chance to talk to all the coaches and build a chemistry with them.

"I didn't really know too much about Auburn coming in," he added. "I had seen them once or twice on TV, but now I have learned a lot."

With an offer from Auburn Smith said he was looking forward to hearing what Coach Gus Malzahn and the staff had to say about his role in the offense. After hearing that the Tigers are in need of wide receivers and seeing how they are used in Malzahn's system, Smith said Auburn is a team that is rising up his list.

"They said they are losing three this year so they are planning on signing three receivers," Smith said. "They said they were hoping one of them would be me. That piqued my interest a lot to see how much they really want me there. It's real exciting from a team that is wanting you to be a part of that next tradition of winning more championships."

With Virginia Tech and North Carolina State the early leaders, Smith said his list is constantly changing and being updated as he takes the opportunity to visit and learn more about the schools showing him interest. He said at the moment that list definitely includes Auburn.

"Auburn has moved up a bunch on my list," Smith said. "Seeing what they had to offer and all that makes me really like them. I would say right now it's Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn, LSU and Alabama."

One of the reasons for Auburn's rise he said is because of the coaching staff, something that has been said by more than one recruit since Chizik and his staff arrived.

"You see the offense and then talking to the coaches they find a way to get their best players the ball," Smith said. "They've done that well since they've been there.

"Those are the type of guys you want to be around all the time," he added about the staff. "Since you have to be around the coaches 24/7 it would be nice to be around those guys. They are easy to talk to and get along with. It's a family environment down there."

With so many options and teams still involved Smith said he's hoping to make his decision sometime during his senior year. He noted that when he does there are several specific things he's looking for.

One of those is going to be having the chance to play baseball. A two-sport star that also excels as a center fielder and pitcher, he said playing both sports is something that is a must for him.

"It's going to be academics and how well I get along with the coaches," Smith said. "It's also going to be a school that is going to let me play both sports. That is one of the big things I'm looking for."

He said all of the schools on his list at the moment have told him he'll have the chance to do both.

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