Sunshine State Star Likes Auburn

This star running back has Auburn as one of his favorites.

Venice, Fla.--Venice Beach High School can't blame Tre Smith for its 3-6 season. The school's star tailback rushed for 1,664 yards and 20 touchdowns and put himself in a position to sign a college scholarship with a top-notch program.

"My top three are Nebraska, Auburn and Florida," Smith says. "I'm also looking at Miami, Florida State, Georgia Southern, West Virginia, Georgia, South Florida and Vanderbilt."

But the five-foot-eleven, 191-pounder says what puts the Cornhuskers, Tigers and Gators on top is that all three are good football teams and the schools are located in great cities. Smith took an official visit to Nebraska in September to see the "Big Red" take on Notre Dame.

Smith was in Auburn for an unofficial visit to see the Iron Bowl and despite the Tigers' 31-7 loss, he came away pleased with his trip. "I liked the area, it's a great school and I like the coaches a lot." He adds the Auburn people and coaches are what he enjoyed the most and has the Tigers above the rest of the schools in those two areas.

Tre Smith on the run.

He also says the atmosphere for the Auburn-Alabama game was great. Smith came away impressed with the Tiger Walk, which he says was something unique to Auburn that other schools don't have.

Smith camped at Auburn during the summer and has an official visit to The Plains set for Jan. 11. He says he won't make a decision on which school he will sign with until his official visits are over. He has not set a date for a visit to Gainesville to check out the Gators, but he plans on doing that soon and a trip to Georgia Southern is also in his plans.

His physical stature allowed him to carry the ball 201 times in just nine games his senior season. Smith bench presses 295 pounds and squats 480. He also has the speed college recruiters are looking for in a running back. Smith says his best 40-yard dash is 4.40 and he says he averages a 4.45.

Smith adds that the Tigers are recruiting him as a running back and despite Auburn having a relatively young backfield, early playing time is not that important. "I'll wait my turn if I have to," he adds.

TIGER TICKET EXTRA: Smith grew up a Florida State fan because his father played collegiately in Tallahassee, but says he is getting no extra pressure from his dad to be a Seminole...He isn't sure which school will get his fifth and final official visit, but says there are several he is considering.

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