Tigers land another commitment

The Clemson coaching staff landed another big verbal commitment for the 2011 recruiting class Friday evening.

ATH Robert Smith Profile

Unable to reach the Clemson coaches with a phone call earlier in the week, on Friday Robert Smith (6-0, 193) got an answer on the other end and went on to make his commitment for the 2011 class.

Around 9 p.m. Friday night, he made his intentions known while Clemson was just getting started with its second weekend of official visitors for the class of 2010.

"I called (Friday) night and talked to coach (Dan) Brooks and talked to coach (Dabo) Swinney," he said. "They were happy. They said they've been talking about me since camp."

Clemson began tracking him as a ninth grader, allowing the Tigers to jump out with an early lead. After making a splash at camp last summer, Smith was told that he's been talked about a lot among the coaches.

"Every time I go up there, I feel like I'm already there. The coaches know who I am. It makes me feel part of the team already," Smith said.

He's unsure when he'll make it back for an unofficial visit to Clemson, the first and only school he's received an offer from. If offers from other schools were to come his way, Smith doesn't think that it'll upset his commitment to the Tigers.

"I don't think it will bother me, unless something major happens. Right now, I'm going to Clemson," he said

Georgia, which has been a favorite with Clemson for a while, could shake things up if an offer to play in Athens was extended.

"It'd be something to think about (if Georgia offered). I'd have to look at the quarterback situation; I think Clemson is going to give me a chance to play quarterback. I don't know too much about that right now," Smith said.

"They've always been on my mind. If they were going to let me play quarterback for sure, that'd be the only way."

Regardless, Clemson was the first to offer him, which goes a long way.

"It showed that what they were true to what they said. Ever since this summer, they said as soon as it's September 1st, we're going to offer you. They said, ‘It's going to be in the mail right when you get home.' And it was," Smith said.

Still a couple months away from spring practice at Woodland, he's working out and getting ready for his senior season.

Primarily a quarterback, Smith plays safety/outside linebacker at the end of close games and/or on third-downs.

For a full list of Clemson's 2011 verbal commitments, click here.

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