Big Game for AU Football Recruit

Big tight end Vance Smith discusses his senior season and his ranked high school team.

Pace, Fla.--Auburn commitment Vance Smith's Pace High School football team is undefeated, but faces a major test on Friday night with a showdown vs. district opponent Milton.

"It is a big game and they are our big rival," Smith says. "I think there is going to be 12,000 to 15,000 people at the game at our high school."

Pace is 4-0 and ranked in the Class 4A Top 10 this week. "The season is going well," the tight end says. "I am playing alright. Last week I think I had my best game so far. I only caught one ball, but I thought I blocked real well."

In his team's 17-3 victory over Washington High of Pensacola last week, Smith took on an addition role. "I actually started playing some defensive tackle last week and I am going to play some this week, too," he says. "I love playing defense."

Smith notes that he currently checks in at six-foot-four, 250 pounds. "I think that might be a little bit too much," he says. "I am going to try to stay around 245."

The senior isn't sure what his statistics are this season. "I think I have caught five passes, but I don't know for how many yards," he says. "We don't throw the ball much and when we do we don't throw it much to the tight end. We are more of a running team."

Smith notes that he enjoyed watching Auburn's 20-17 victory over the Florida Gators on Saturday night. "It was a good one," he says. "I watched it at my house with my dad, my brother and some other friends."

The tight end is shown at a summer football camp.

Smith, who points out that his commitment to Auburn is rock solid, says he stays in touch with the AU staff. "I talk to Coach (Steve) Ensminger every week. He calls to see how I am doing. He is the main one I talk to.

"I am looking forward to coming back to Auburn," Smith adds. "I was planning to come this weekend for the Vandy game, but because it is at 11:30 a.m. I don't think I am going to be able to make it. I am going to come to the Ole Miss game for sure."

In the classroom and on the field, Smith's senior season is going smoothly. "I am making all A's and B's in my classes and I am trying to keep my grades up," he says. "I am really enjoying my senior season and we are playing well. We are going to try to keep it up. I think we can."

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