'09 Prospect Got Very Early Offer From Auburn

Orwin Smith is expected to be one of the state of Alabama's best running backs as a senior this fall.

Phenix City, Ala.--In the 2008 football signee class, Auburn added a prospect from Central High School when cornerback D'Antoine Hood signed with the Tigers.

Even before the Tigers offered a scholarship to Hood, there was an offer made to his teammate, Orwin Smith, who will be a senior running back this fall for the Red Devils.

"Auburn offered me last summer," the high school junior notes. "I also have offers from Alabama-Birmingham and Georgia Tech and I am Vanderbilt's No. 1 recruit."

Smith attended Auburn's Junior Day on Sunday and notes he is very interested in the Tigers. He got to watch practice, see the campus and spend time with the coaches and current Auburn plans. He says he enjoyed the visit.

The running notes that he is looking forward to his senior season for several reasons.

"I expect we will have a good team," he says. "We have many starters coming back on offense. We lost just three starters. I think the defense will be good even though we just have two returning starters back. We have a lot of young guys returning who I think are going to be real good.

"I am looking forward to playing offense," Smith adds. "We are going to the spread this year. I think we can get the ball into many other boys' hands so we won't be a one-player team."

The 6-0, 195-pounder with good speed was the main man on offense as a junior, rushing for 1,278 yards and 12 touchdowns as a tailback.

This year he is expecting to put up big numbers again running the football and he also expects to have a chance to catch a lot of passes, too. "The goal is to let me make some plays with my hands," the running back says.

Smith, who notes that he is an honor student at Central High, is not content with the status quo. "I am trying to get bigger, but I don't think my weight is an issue," he says. "I am just worried about playing well this season and getting the job done.

"I always look at me as not being as good as I can be," Smith adds. "Although I have very good speed, I see myself as a player who can get faster. I have great hands and that is one of the key reasons why they are trying to get the ball into my hands."

Smith says that Auburn will be adding a good recruit to its team in Hood, who is scheduled to report to campus this summer after signing with the Tigers in February. "I think he is going to be a great lock-down corner," the running back predicts. "He is excellent in man to man coverage."

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