Smith Still Torn Between Two Tigers

Running back prospect Eric Smith talks recruiting and of his interest in the Chick-fil-A Bowl coming up on New Year's Eve.

Seffner, Fla.--For Armwood High standout running back Eric Smith, the decision on where to attend school has been between two schools since he first began receiving serious about recruiting over the summer. Now that his senior football season is complete, Smith says that Auburn and Clemson will get his undivided attention until he makes a decision.

"It's pretty much still those two," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Everything is still good with Clemson and Auburn. I'm taking a visit to Auburn on Jan. 11. Hopefully, I can make a decision soon after that.

"If you go to the schools they are pretty much like the same thing," he adds. "Both of them are small towns that are all about football and all about Clemson and Auburn. It's pretty much the same thing. They both run the ball. Auburn rotates backs a little more, but that can be a good thing or a bad thing. Clemson doesn't rotate the backs as much, but that can be a good thing or bad thing. There are a lot of pluses and negatives about each situation."

Smith may be one of the few prospects in the country this year who gets to see his two favorites line up against each other in a bowl game when Auburn faces Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in the Georgia Dome on New Year's Eve. He says he'll be glued to the television that night to check out both Tigers in action.

"I was watching (the bowl pairing announcements) and they said they would be playing," Smith says. "I was like ‘wow that is a coincidence, especially this year.'"

Smith was a standout at an Auburn summer football camp.

Having already visited Clemson officially and Auburn unofficially this year, Smith says he's gotten a chance to get to know both coaching staffs and likes what he hears from both. Because of that he notes it's not going to be an easy decision for him when the time comes.

"When I went to Auburn I talked with all of the offensive coaches and Coach (Tommy) Tuberville," Smith says. "I talked with him a lot. When I went to Clemson I talked with Coach (Tommy) Bowden and sat down one on one because I took an official visit there. Auburn came to my house to get a relationship with my mom. Coach Rumph built a relationship with my mom during the season. It's definitely a very close race."

Rating his visit to Clemson a ‘10,' Smith says that he's getting ready to make his official visit to Auburn in January. First he says he's still undecided if he will play in the ESPN All-Star game later in December.

Smith and his teammates at Armwood finished a very successful 2007 season last Friday night when they lost 34-14 to a powerful Booker T. Washington team on the road in Miami. Ending the year 13-1, Smith says that all in all it was a great year for his team. While he's not happy with the final result, he notes the year as a whole was outstanding.

"It was a pretty good year," Smith says. "We made it pretty far undefeated. That was our only loss. We gave up a lot of points and missed some tackles and didn't really move the ball. We did a lot of good things this season on both sides of the ball. A lot of people stepped up and made some big plays."


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