Five-Star Back Visits With AU Coaches

One of the nation's top tailback prospects discusses the visit he had with Auburn coaches on Monday night.

Pahokee, Fla.--Antone Smith was rated as one of the best running back prospects in the nation following a spectacular sophomore season and a junior year in which he rushed for more than 1,000 yards while being injured. Now with his senior campaign almost finished the 5-8 185-pounder has proven that his lofty ranking was very well deserved.

"Our season is not over," Smith says about Pahokee High's run for the Florida state championship. "We are playing in the state finals Saturday in Gainesville against Pensacola. My season as of right now, I have 2,646 yards and 41 touchdowns."

Smith says that he feels like his field vision and uncommon running style have been the biggest keys to his success. "I compare myself to no one," he explains. "I have my own unique style of running the ball. What sets me apart from everyone else is my vision. Everybody talks about my speed, but my vision is what puts me over the top. I just see the hole so quick."

Antone Smith

With those impressive numbers over the past three seasons, Smith has been recruited by almost every school in the country and notes that he has already had a number of college coaches visit over the past week.

"Yeah, I had Auburn, Miami, Ohio State, N.C. State and that is basically all right now," Smith says. "They have been to the house and everything."

He adds that a couple of Auburn coaches made a visit to Pahokee and that he came away quite impressed. "Coach G (running backs coach Eddie Gran) and Coach (defensive coordinator Gene) Chizik came in," Smith explains.

"They both came in on Monday. It went pretty good. I enjoyed it a lot. I got a chance to get down and talk with those guys. They told me a lot about the program, a lot of things that I wanted to know I was told so that was a big plus.

"They were basically talking about the players and how I mostly remind them of their players and how they are very humble and just sit back and relax, and they bond together very good--sticking together," says Smith, who adds that he was very comfortable with both Auburn coaches. "There are a lot of things that I could go on about, but that is one thing that really stood out to me."

The talented back says that he and the Auburn coaches also discussed setting up an official visit to the Plains. "We talked about coming up next weekend to Auburn and we are going to see that through, hopefully," says Smith, who adds that he does not yet know any of the other colleges that he will visit officially. "I am basically trying to see what I am going to be doing that weekend."

The highly recruited prospect notes that he is still wide open about his college decision, and that he is planning to wait until early February to make his decision.

Smith says that he does have a pretty good idea of what wants to find in a college and a football program. "I am looking for a program that best fits me," he explains. "In the long run what can they do for me, what can they do for me after playing football? What kind of people am I going to be playing with for the next three or four years? What kind of people are they going to surround me with to help me win a national championship, things like that?"

Antone Smith runs with speed, and power.

The Pahokee High standout explains that he has been keeping up with Auburn's season and the Tigers' run at the national title all year long. "Yeah, 12-0," he says about the Tigers' record. "I am kind of disappointed about them not being able to play for the national championship, but it is always a business though. That is why they are going to play in the Sugar Bowl."

He also says that what the Auburn offense is doing with their running backs this season is very impressive. "It hasn't impressed me a little bit, it has impressed me a lot," Smith explains. "The mixture of things they do with the running backs out of the backfield, they have got them doing special teams. I mean that is big and then they feature two backs in the backfield so that is always a plus because you don't ever know who is going to get the ball. You have got two dual threats back there."


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