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One of the top backs in Florida says he will sign with the Tigers.

Venice, Fla.--Auburn picked up a commitment from one of Florida's top players as running back Tre Smith chose the Tigers over Florida, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Central Florida and many others. Saying that he just felt more at home on his visit to Auburn, he says he's looking forward to the future of the program and feels it is definitely on the way up.

"I committed to Auburn today," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It came down to Florida and Auburn. I just came back from my trip to Florida and I liked Auburn better. Overall, looking at all the details, I just liked Auburn better."

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Saying that he likes new offensive coordinator Bob Petrino, Smith says he is glad to get all the the recruiting fuss behind him so he can get on with his senior year in school.

Smith has been a star for Venice since he first stepped foot on the playing field. That came to a crescendo as a junior when he led them to a state title by rushing for 1,854 yards and 31 touchdowns, including 182 yards and three scores in the championship game. This season, although the team struggled to a 3-6 record, Smith again ran wild with 1,664 yards and 20 touchdowns. Those numbers were enough to earn him the Florida 6A Offensive Player of the Year.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Seemingly loaded at the tailback position, it's probably surprising that the Tigers got a verbal commitment from a tailback. But it's not surprising when you know or have talked to Smith very much at all. A supremely confident player in his abilities, he says that he just wants a chance to play running back and nothing more…a different type of back than Auburn has on campus right now, Smith is the true speed back the Tigers have been missing the last few seasons until the emergence of Carnel Williams who himself is more of a slasher than a true speed runner.


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