Tigers Still On The Radar For Five-Star Tailback

This sunshine state standout, who is one of the most impressive running backs in the country, says that Auburn is one of the teams that he is considering.

Pahokee, Fla.--Antone Smith is an amazing talent for Pahokee High School. The 5-8, 185-pound running back's exciting combination of world class speed, exceptional field vision and shifty moves have made him one of the top three running back prospects in the country this season.

The speedster, who has been timed in the 4.3 range in the 40, says that he is having a monster senior season after being injured for a good bit of 2003. "My season is going excellent," Smith says. "We are 5-0. I have 1,300-yards and 20 touchdowns."

Even before Smith racked up those spectacular numbers through his first five games of 2004 he was being heavily recruited, and the senior adds that that hasn't changed. "Recruiting is going well. I am getting recruited by everybody."

The shifty back notes that he has really enjoyed the recruiting process to this point and adds that he does not have a list of favorites for his services. "I guess, getting a chance to meet all of the coaches and everything," Smith says about his favorite part of recruiting. "I don't have any top schools. I am just wide open."

Antone Smith

One team that has been interested in Smith for quite a while is Auburn, and Smith says they are certainly still on his radar. "Down there, I am getting recruited by Coach Chizik from Auburn," he says. "They produce a lot of great backs. I see Ronnie Brown and Cadillac. They have a very strong offense. Offensively, they are very good. I haven't met the head coach yet, but they have got a pretty strong program."

"Their offense is great," he adds. "They have two dominant backs back in there. I mean, what more can you ask for out of an offense."

Smith also notes that the fact Auburn has produced so many backs throughout the school's history, and that both Carnell Williams and Brown are will be graduating after this season are positives for the Tigers in his mind.

So far the talented tailback says he has not decided where he would like to take his five official visits, but adds that he has taken unofficial trips to Florida State and Miami this fall.

Smith, who also says he hopes he can make it up to Auburn to check out the Tigers this season, explains that the biggest factor that will help him make his college decision will be the people that are involved with each program.

"There isn't really a main factor, just wherever I want to play I am just going to go," he says. "I mean, you are going to get an education no matter where you are going. Just being around a lot of friendly type people that are cool, basically."


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