Rodney Smith plays in a typical high school offense as Archbishop Carroll runs a wing-t offense. Even though his team doesn't pass much, Smith's sheer athletic ability and play-making capability has made him one of the nations's most sought after offensive players in the 2009 recruiting class.
Rodney's commitment to Florida State in July was part of a run where some of the best players in Florida pledged their commitments to the Noles. Getting the talented recruit to commit early was a smart move by the coaching staff as many expected Smith to blow up some this fall. After having a good season many of the top BCS programs are still recruiting Scout.com's 18th ranked receiver. He's stayed committed to FSU, and last weekend he took his first official visit when the Noles took on the Florida Gators. He told NoleDigest the visit was what he wanted it to be
"The visit was fun and I liked everything about it," said Smith. "Coming in I wanted to see how I fit in with the players and see how they use their guys. I was able to do both and I saw things I liked. They need a guy like me and I think I can come in and help. I really like the coaching staff and how they try to adjust to get their wide receivers the ball."
One of the Seminole players that Smith says he connected with was Richard Goodman, who served as Rodney's player-host over the weekend. Overall he felt that he fit in well with the current players.
"My host was Richard Goodman," explained Smith, "and we got along really well. He is a cool person and it felt like I've known him for a while. I hung out with him and some other players. He took me bowling and then out to get something to eat. Hanging out with Preston Parker, Louis Givens, Corey Surrency, Paul Griffin was great. They were all cool and I thought it was cool seeing some of them."
Like every other recruit who takes an official visit Rodney took the advantage of watching film with his future position coach. Smith said learning from Coach Dawsey was great and that what he saw from FSU's receiver coach.
"Watching film with Coach Dawsey was a learning experience," said Smith. "It was cool to see the process in how they break things down and the way their receivers run routes. Its different then what we run at my school because we run a lot. Dawsey was showing me some things about running routes and I was able to learn from him."
During the weekend Rodney was able to talk about FSU to some of the over 50 recruits who were at the game. He said he spent a lot of time with two of the top players at their position.
"I talked a lot Branden Smith over the weekend," said Smith, "which was cool. We talked about the All-Star games we were playing in and about how our seasons were going. We were also talking about the schools we are considering. I was talking up FSU and trying to get him to look at us. He said he likes FSU but that he is going to take all his visits. I also talked to Jacobbi McDaniel for a while. We were joking around a lot and both agreed that we can't wait to get on to campus."
Overall Smith loved everything about the visit and it showed him that he made the right decision when he committed to the Noles.
"The atmosphere was great and the fans stuck in for the team," explained Smith. "Between that and the feeling that I can go in there and make clutch plays for them on 3rd downs and all made the visit. I've been committed to FSU the whole time and I am even more after (the visit). I also liked talking to Coach Bowden. What I liked was that we talked about everything, but the last thing was football. He showed genuine care."
Smith still intends on taking his visits before signing on Signing Day. Tennessee, LSU and USF are up for visits with Tennessee likely being the next official. He said nothing will change his mind, and that on Signing Day he will officially become a Seminole.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Smith and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.