Meet the freshmen: Rodney Smith

As Florida State's freshman class arrives in Tallahassee in the coming weeks, NoleDigest will profile each athlete telling fans what to expect from every player.

Name: Rodney Smith
Position: Wide receiver

Why he chose Florida State: Smith always had Florida State high on his list of choices during his recruitment. Then, in a week long span, he visited Tallahassee twice which helped reassure him that FSU was meant for him. The biggest impact was during that span, which included the a visit to the annual Seminole Showtime Camp, and who he got to spend time with there. Seminole legends Peter Warrick and Anquan Boldin helped persuade Smith.

"Man, working Peter and Anquan was nice," expressed Smith suring his recruitment. "I liked that a lot. Just being around them and being coached by them was amazing. They were talking to me about FSU and what it did for them. They showed me a lot of stuff that I was able to take home for my game. Just being around them made me feel like I was part of the family. After that I wanted to commit then. I wanted to go home and talk it over with my family before I made the decision. We are all happy with it."

Smith chose FSU over Auburn, Boston College, Tennessee, Ole Miss, UCF and USF.

Strengths: Smith has good size for an incoming receiver standing at 6' 4.5" and weighing in at just over 200 pounds. He is also very athletically gifted as he runs the 40 yard dash in four and a half seconds and has a vertical leap of 40 inches. He has very good body control and adjusts well to the football when in the air. He is a big play threat at all times when on the field.

Weaknesses: Smith is so athletically gifted, that he has not been forced to lean some of the basic fundamentals that will make a difference at the collegiate level. His route running is not the greatest and after a visit with Coach Dawsey, he says he understands that.

"Watching film with Coach Dawsey was a learning experience," said Smith following a visit to Florida State. 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."

Chance of redshirting: 0%. As long as Smith stays healthy and shows the ability to learn the system early enough, he will have his chance to get on the field and show what he can do. There is no go to receiver and the unit is one of the youngest on the team which opens the door for Smith and all other players at the position.

Smith will wear the #84 jersey this season for Florida State.

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