AU Offense Interests Florida Bluechip QB

Scout.com's sixth-ranked quarterback for 2009 talks recruiting and the Auburn Tigers.

Miramar, Fla.--As one of the country's top quarterback prospects for 2009, athletic Eugene Smith already has his choice of just about any college in the country.

With Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Miami, Oregon, and Florida State among the dozens of colleges already on board, Smith says right now he's in no hurry to begin narrowing down his list of schools.

"Things are going great right now as far as the spring recruiting process," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm just enjoying my time and working hard trying to get better. I'm just taking things in from the different schools.

"I would say I'm in the range of 30 or 40 offers right now," he adds. "It's too early to have a group stand out right now. I'm looking at every school being a top candidate."

One of the schools that Smith is taking a look at is Auburn. Already familiar with the program after a visit over the summer two years ago, Smith says that the move to the spread offense under Tony Franklin has him looking hard at the Tigers.

"I have been watching Auburn," Smith says. "I actually went on a trip to Auburn in the 10th grade and won a 7-on-7 camp with my team. I have received mail from Auburn. I have been in contact with them a few times.

"Their offense definitely interests me because it's the same offense I run right now," he adds. "The spread offense is kind of becoming the new trend in college and the NFL as well as high school. It spreads the defense out as well as putting more playmakers on the field for the offense. I would have more weapons to work with as a quarterback."

At 6-4, 190 with a personal best 40-yard dash time of 4.58 seconds, Smith has all the tools to be successful on the next level no matter what offense he plays in.

As a junior he was named a Second Team All-State performer after throwing for 2,563 yards and 27 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He also added another 453 yards on the ground with seven more scores. All that despite missing three games.

Soon to be a four-year starter at quarterback for Miramar, Smith is a very accurate passer who rarely makes a mistake. As a sophomore he threw for 1,597 yards on 70-115 passing for 21 touchdowns and three interceptions. He says right now he has some definite positives in his game, but also some things he needs to work on to become a complete player.

"I feel like my strengths are my ability to be smart on the field and take care of the ball," Smith says. "I don't really turn the ball over too much. I also make big plays and I'm accurate and smart with my decision making.

"I want to work on getting better at my mechanics," he adds. "I'll also be working on my footwork, getting stronger in the weight room, and doing the little things in order to be a quarterback for next season and going into college."

Smith says he plans to attend several camps over the summer, but at the moment he's not sure where they will be. He's currently a member of the track team and he says he may give basketball a try next season, although he adds that football will be his main focus even if he gets on the hardwood.


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