Petey Smith Talks About Chizik, Recruiting

Big linebacker prospect Petey Smith talks about Gene Chizik as Auburn's new head football coach and how his recruitment is going.

Seffner, Fla.--One of the top linebacker prospects in the country, Armwood High's Petey Smith, has offers from all over the nation and with good reason.

A physical tackler and surprisingly quick for his size, Smith says at the moment, despite attention from all over, he's favoring playing in the Iron Bowl one day, but he's still not sure on which side.

"It's just Auburn and Alabama," Smith tells Inside the Auburn Tigers on which colleges he is considering.

The younger brother of Auburn running back Eric Smith, Petey is a defensive player at heart. Because of that it would seem that the hiring of new coach Gene Chizik would be right up his alley, but he notes right now he's not sure of what Chizik brings to the table and hopes to get a better idea of that in the coming weeks.

"I don't know a whole lot about him," Smith says. "I'm just waiting to talk to him and see what kind of person he is. I want to build a relationship with him.

"It really doesn't mean much because at the end of the day you still have to go out and make plays," Smith says of Chizik‘s defensive background. "It doesn't matter what kind or offense or head coach you have. It doesn't affect the defense because you have one common goal. That is to shut the offense down."

Petey Smith

With just two colleges on his list, Smith adds that he has already set up his official visits for both and is looking forward to spending some time getting to know more about each program.

"I'm going to Auburn on Janyardy 9th," Smith says. "That next week I'm going to Alabama. Those are my only two visits."

Having his list narrowed, Smith notes that while he's had a chance to see both teams in action plenty of times this season there is much more to picking a college. What those qualities are and what exactly he's looking for to help him make a decision is still a mystery though, even to him.

"I don't even know yet to tell you the truth," Smith says. "I'm just waiting to take my visits so I can see more about both schools."

Smith and his Armwood team finished the season on a rough note as the Hawks fell to Plant 17-14 in the playoffs. They closed out the 2008 campaign with a 12-1 record. For Smith it was bittersweet though as he finished as Armwood's all-time leading tackler with more than 450 stops in his career.

Smith has one final football game to be played before his high school career comes to a close. He has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game that will be played Jan. 4 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The game can be seen on ESPN at 7 p.m.

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