Running back Eric Smith from Armwood High says that his trip to see the Auburn-Florida game was absolutely perfect in his eyes.
"The game was great," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I loved the atmosphere and I loved that Auburn won. I especially liked the fact that Auburn won. It was a very intense game that came down to the last minute."
A visitor to Auburn for a summer camp, the 5-11, 220 Smith has kept the Tigers high on his list of schools since they first started giving him a look during his junior year. Because of that Smith says he knows the kind of team Auburn has and expected nothing less than a victory Saturday night.
"I had been telling a lot of people that Auburn was going to beat them because Auburn was the only team that had beaten them when they won the national championship," Smith says. "I was pretty confident. A lot of people were down on Auburn, especially after back to back losses, but I knew it was time for them to get over that."
Running back Eric Smith was a standout at Auburn's summer camp.
Steady since the summer months with Auburn and Clemson as his top two schools, Smith says that several other schools are still in the picture, but AU and Clemson lead.
"It's mostly Auburn and Clemson," Smith says. "There is also Miami, LSU and West Virginia. At Auburn I see a lot of backs being rotated and a lot of backs getting carries. I know they are a running team. Coach (Greg) Knox is also recruiting me very hard. I speak to Coach (Eddie) Gran and Coach (Tommy) Tuberville a lot also. I like them.
"Clemson is the same thing," he adds. "I know they run the ball a lot. They rotate backs between (James) Davis and (C.J.) Spiller. Coach (Chris) Rumph is a go-getter. He's more like a friend than a coach. He talks to me about problems I'm having or whatever. He also likes building a relationship with my mothe, too. That's very important."
Off to a fast start for Armwood, Smith has been a terror through five games this season. Helping his team to a perfect start, Smith has rushed for just over 500 yards and caught passes for another 200 yards with 10 total touchdowns to his credit. A player who has the ability to run and catch effectively, he says that the biggest improvement he's made in his game is in his training regimen during the offseason.
"I think I have improved my speed," Smith says. "I feel like I have gotten faster. In the 10th grade I had a pretty good year, but in the 11th grade I fractured my elbow and only played four games. When I came back I felt like I started getting in shape around the time we lost. I went to a speed coach over the summer and I feel like I'm faster than I've ever been."
Smith says he has scheduled an official visit to Clemson on Oct. 19th when the Tigers face Central Michigan. He says he hasn't planned a visit to Auburn at the momen, but feels like it will be after the season but at the moment he's in no rush because he's taking his time with his decision and says he can't lose choosing between his final schools.
"I'll make my decision basically whenever it comes to me," Smith says. "I really don't have a timetable right now."