Smith Picks Up Early Interest

Eric Smith recently took on one of the best guards in his class and the 6-foot guard certainly proved his worth. The Mullins (S.C.) High star recently spoke with Scout.com about the match up and his recruitment.

Key match ups are always fun to watch and recently Eric Smith and Trae Golden went head-to-head at the All-South Frosh/Soph Pangos Camp. Smith, a standout at Mullins (S.C.) High, relished the opportunity to face off against the stiff competition.

"He's pretty good." Smith said of Golden. "He's the best kid I've played in my grade. I felt like he should have guarded me though, he didn't guard me."

"I thought the competition was real good and I felt like I played well," he continued. "I wish I could have stayed for the all-star game though."

During the camp game, Smith used his physical strength and quick feet to hold Golden in check for most of the game. The 6-foot, 170-pound guard also showed and strong handle and a good feel for the point guard position.

Early on he's getting a bunch of college interest and has heard from Tennessee, Oklahoma, Florida, South Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Maryland, Penn State, St. Joseph, Iowa State, Stanford, Alabama, Kansas State and Charleston Southern.

Despite all of the attention, only Clemson has stepped up with a scholarship offer. The Tigers and another in-state school had him on campus for an unofficial visit.

"I've taken a couple of visits to South Carolina and I've taken a visit to Clemson, but those are the only two so far," Smith said.

Although the Tigers and Gamecocks are the only two to get unofficial visits, neither is at the top of his list. Smith mentioned two schools, as ones that are sticking out.

"I'm really thinking about Florida and Wake Forest right now," Smith said. "Those are my top two. I like they way they play. They play up and down. Wake Forest is in the ACC and Florida is in the SEC. Those are both good schools."

Smith, a four star prospect on Scout.com, isn't in a rush to make his college decision.


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