Five Star Running Back Discusses Visit

One of the nation's top offensive players took an official visit to Auburn this weekend. See what he had to say about his trip.

Pahokee, Fla.—The Player of the Year in Florida took a visit to Auburn over the weekend and came away very impressed by what he saw. Speedy running back Antone Smith took a look at the Tiger program on an official visit and says the trip went very well.

"The visit was nice," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I bonded with the players very good. This place is unbelievable. Even though 20,000 students are not on campus it was still a big ball for me. I feel very good about Auburn. I would rate the visit a nine just because the students weren't here and I can't give it another point.

"I'm not sure where Auburn stands right now," he adds. "I haven't seen everyone else so I'm not able to say that. I'm going to Ohio State, Georgia, LSU and maybe N.C. State or Florida State. I'll make a decision on signing day."

Smith wears some Auburn gear to fight the cold during Friday night's celebration at Toomer's Corner.

Considered by many to be the top running back prospect in the South this year and one of the top in the country, the 5-8, 185 Smith had the opportunity to spend time with a projected first-round NFL draft choice this year and pick his brain on football. That's something that Smith says he took full advantage of on his trip to Auburn.

"My host was Ronnie Brown," Smith says. "He's funny. Ronnie is very crazy. He's an awesome character. I talked to this guy about everything. He gave me the lowdown and we just laughed and had a ball."

A player that likes to have fun on the field and plays with a lot of emotion, Smith says watching Auburn's team in action was something to behold. Full of unity and genuinely liking each other, the Tigers put off an air of good feelings whenever you watch them in action and that fact wasn't lost on Smith.

"The fun with the players was the highlight of the weekend for me," Smith says. "How they have fun in practice. I don't know if it's just because they are 12-0 or whatever and they're just getting the job done, but the laughter and fun they have during practice is a big thing. You don't want to go to practice dreading it each day. That's a big thing for me.

"That's very unique," Smith adds of the bond among the players and coaches at Auburn. "You don't have too many places that stick together and walk out holding arms in what they call a "Hook Up". That's a big thing. That plays a major part, being around people that are going to care for you not only as a football player but as a person."

Smith also got a chance to see the players having fun Friday night when the City of Auburn had a celebration at Toomer's Corner for the first SEC Championship in 15 years. Rolling the corner in addition to singing, dancing, and everything in between, the players let loose in front of several thousand fans and Smith was there to take it all in.

"You don't see something like that every day," Smith says. "Throwing toilet paper in the trees. You don't see that in the hood. I had fun doing that. It was pretty good excitement."

Smith ran for 2,814 yards and 44 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior and led Pahokee to the Class 2A state championship with 276 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the final game. He rushed for over 1,500 yards as a sophomore, but was injured a good part of the 2003 season. He still finished with close to 1,000 yards as he led his team to a state title.


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