AU The Leader For Four-Star Linebacker

This talented linebacker talks about his recent visit to Auburn and names a leader.

Seffner, Fla.--One of the country's top linebacker prospects took a visit to Auburn on Saturday to check out the Tigers on the field and also see his brother who is an incoming freshman. Big Petey Smith from Armwood High is a defensive standout while brother Eric Smith is a running back for Auburn. While they are very close and talk frequently, the younger Smith says he was glad to see his brother while also checking out the campus again.

"Things went real good," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was the first time I've seen Eric since he left. That was a big plus. My family got to come out and check out everything as well."

Because of his brother's eventual signing with Auburn, the 6-1, 245 Smith says he already has a good feel for the coaching staff and what he can expect if he signs with the Tigers. He says Saturday gave him another chance to see the coaches and how they work on the field.

"Recruiting-wise I think coach (Greg) Knox does an excellent job," Smith says. "When they recruited Eric, they came to the house twice. No other coach even came and everybody said they wanted him. That's a big part of things too. When the head coach comes out you really know that school wants you. That's a big positive.

"I just wished I was out there," he adds on watching Saturday's practice. "I was watching the linebackers with coach (James) Willis and they are non stop. Even when things stopped he was still teaching the linebackers different things. I was listening to everything he was telling them and try to use some of it my senior year so when I go to college I can be that much better of a player."

Up to over 50 offers at the moment, Smith says right now he's still taking things slowly but he has narrowed things down to a select list of schools at the moment. "I would probably say it's Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Penn State and Virginia Tech," he notes.

With plenty of schools to chose from Smith has his choice of just about anywhere to play down the road, but he adds one school just remains at the top for him for a variety of reasons.

"Auburn," Smith answers emphatically. "The chance to play with Eric plays a big role in things because we've always played on the same team. Even when we played little league we were always together. He played a different side of the ball from me though. At first I was thinking I needed to go to a different college so I could play against him, but I would rather stay together and have that brotherly bond and see what we could do together."

With a pretty clear leader as of today, Smith says he would like to make a decision before his football season is complete but he's not going to rush things. "I'm shooting to make a decision by the middle of my football season just to get it done," he says. "I want to be able to focus on my season. It will probably be sometime in October."


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