Talented Back Discusses Gran, Tigers

Did a talented Florida running back have a Gran ol' time on his football camp trip to Auburn?

Seffner , Fla. —Despite a tender ankle, Armwood High School standout Eric Smith easily impressed everyone in attendance at Auburn's final football camp of the summer with his size, speed and agility.

However, more interesting to Auburn's coaching staff, Smith says that he was extremely impressed on his visit to check out the Tigers' program and was blown away by Auburn running backs coach Eddie Gran.

Eric Smith

"It was real good," Smith says about the experience. "I got to sit down and talk more with Coach Gran and build more of a relationship with him. We talked a lot on Friday.

"Coach Gran really taught me some good things," the 5-11, 220-pound combo back adds. "He was telling me about fumbling and giving me some pointers and things about going through high school right now--keeping my head straight and staying in the books. Then, he was telling me when I get there--he was showing me the depth chart and showed me some film so everything is really good right now."

The four-star prospect explains that a great camp experience has given him a new leader for his services.

"Auburn is definitely at the top of the list," Smith says. "It is Auburn and Clemson all the way right now. Auburn really kind of jumped ahead a little bit right now. I'll be going to Clemson on the 27th and I'll be probably making a decision shortly after that."

Smith was a standout performer at Auburn's one-day camp last weekend.

Continuing with the theme of really bonding with Gran, the talented back says Gran's straightforward style is what propelled the Tigers to the top of his list.

"The way coach Gran talked to me like a man, he didn't sugarcoat anything," he says about why Auburn stands out. "He shot me straight pretty much the whole way and told me how everything was going to be.

"If I come in, as a freshman, he is going to give me a couple of opportunities to see what I can do," Smith continues. "He is not going to promise me that he is not going to redshirt me and his isn't going to promise me that he will. He was telling me that is all up to me.

"I pretty much like the way he shot everything to me, straight up, and I asked the players and they told me he is just like that. Some recruiting coaches try to tell you things, but when you commit they are kind of different."

Smith also says that he really enjoyed getting the chance to work hard and learn some new techniques during the camp. "Camp was real good," he notes. "We got to learn the inside zone, the outside zone and the power play. They were telling me I was picking everything up real well and hitting it hard. I really wasn't 100 percent because of my ankle, but they told me I was still doing everything at a good tempo and everything."

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