Smith Speaks

Coveted tailback Antone Smith made his way to Tallahassee for the weekend to check out the campus, meet the coaching staff and visit with god-brother Eric Moore. The Territory caught up with the five-star prospect who said there's been a "slight change" in who leads for his services.

Antone Smith spent the day Friday with the Florida State coaching staff. Smith was given a tour of the facilities and was introduced to a couple of players who were around.

Smith said he planned to sample the Tallahassee nightlife tonight.

"The visit has gone real well so far," he said. "Today I met every one of the coaches. There's been a slight change with my favorites. Right now, everybody's up there. We'll have to wait and see."

Smith, who listed Miami as a favorite a few weeks back, also likes N.C. State and former FSU assistant Chuck Amato. He'll be a guest at the FSU/Miami game Sept. 6.

The Pahokee native has ties in Tallahassee - Smith maintains continual contact with Moore and former FSU reciever Anquan Boldin.

"Eric's my god-brother so we talk alot," he said. "I'm up here staying with him. He's been showing me around and tells me how things are up here."

Smith, who possess 4.3 speed and has racked up over 2,500 the past two seasons, looks up to a another Smith. He compares his running style to former Gator and Cowboy and current Arizona Cardinal Emmett Smith.

One of Smith's goals is to get on the field early but he knows wherever he ends up one thing is certain.

"I'm going to have to compete," he said. "Whether its here or Miami or anywhere else, I'm going to have to compete to get out there. Everyone is telling me that."

Regardless, Smith has proven both in games an at camps that he is among the nation's elite. At the Rutgers camp, coaches pulled him from the group during footwork drills to demonstrate proper form to the rest of the campers.

"I was instructor for the day," he joked.

Smith is the No. 3 tailback in the nation as ranked by TheInsiders.com. A state runner up in the 100 and 200 as a sophomore, Smith battled injuries his junior season. Now with a clean bill of health, the sky is the limit in his final year at Pahokee.

Smith carries a 2.6 GPA and a 17 on the ACT and is fully qualified.


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