Smith Close To A Decision

Talented running back Orwin Smith talks about his recent visit to Auburn and when he plans to make a decision.

Phenix City, Ala.--The top running back prospect in Alabama took a visit to Auburn on Saturday for a one day senior camp and says that he's closer to making a decision. Big Orwin Smith from Central High has offers from all over but says he's down to just a handful of schools as he prepares to make his choice with one firmly at the top.

"Everything is going good," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm thinking about committing in probably a week or so. I'm trying to take two more visits. I want to look at Vandy and Clemson before I decide where I want to be. Right now Auburn is at the top."

Orwin Smith runs a route out of the backfield during the camp.

With visits upcoming to Vanderbilt this week and possibly Clemson, Smith says he wants to take one more look at each school before making his final choice, a decision that could come very soon. "I plan on committing at least by Saturday," he says.

Already with an offer from Auburn, Smith decided he wanted to prove himself anyway on Saturday by participating in the camp. With so much to lose with a poor showing, Smith says he just felt like he had to show what he could do to the Auburn coaches and particularly coordinator Tony Franklin.

"With them having a new offensive coordinator he hasn't seen me," Smith says. "I think I had a chance to prove myself."

While a back that is 6-0 and just over 200 pounds might not seem like the ideal back for a spread offense, Smith says he loves Franklin's offense and feels it is the perfect system to showcase his ability as a running back.

"The offense is going to be great," Smith says. "That (Chick-fil-A Bowl) was just a sample of what they've got. They're going to come out even better this year."

Battling a turf toe injury suffered early in spring practice, Smith says he's just now getting back to full speed. It couldn't happen at a better time as he's expected to be a big part of things on offense for Coach Ron Nelson's club. A physical back that has good footwork and catches the ball well, Smith notes that his health is improving every day.

"I'm feeling great," Smith says. "The last couple of days we had pass skell (7-on-7) games and I have been feeling good and doing good. I'm excited about being healthy again because I feel like I can come out even better and stronger."


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