Five-Star RB Talks about Decision

Last Wednesday's No.1 rated running back in the country pulled off one of the biggest signing day surprises in history by selecting the Seminoles over his childhood favorite Miami. The Territory caught up with the prep All-American to discuss his decision to wear the Garnet & Gold for the next four years of his life.

"I just felt more comfortable with the players and coaches at Florida State," running back Antone Smith of Pahokee said.  "I was very impressed with my host Leon Washington and Coach John Lilly.  Leon was straight up with me and he didn't try to recruit me.  Coach Lilly has always been straight forward with me and I really liked that about him."
The signing of Russell Ball and Antone Smith makes for a very deep and talented Seminole backfield.   What's the plan for playing time for the Pahokee standout?
"Florida State told me that if I work hard, I can get on the field," he said.  "If I were to redshirt, then I would have never decided to go there.  There's no doubt in my mind that I will see early playing time at Florida State."
Despite the rumors that he was leaning towards the Hurricanes, Smith insists that he was wide open.
"It came down to five schools and in the end I had to go with my heart," he said.
Smith ran for 2,814 yards and 44 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior and led Pahokee to the Class 2A state championship with 276 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
 He went for over 1,500 yards as a sophomore, but was injured a good part of the 2003 season. He still finished with close to 1,000 yards and helped his team to the state championship.
He also finished as the state runner up as a sophomore in both the 100-meter and 200-meter events.
Smith is an excellent student who is on track to qualify academically.

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