Keelin Smith Talks Commitment to FSU

Earlier today 2011 Treasure Coast defensiv3 back Keelin Smith ended his recruitment early when he committed to Florida State. NoleDigest spoke to Smith Thursday evening to talk more about his decision.

Early Thursday morning news broke that 2011 Treasure Coast defensive backs Keelin Smith and Lamarcus Brutus committed to Florida State. While their process is still a few months away from really getting started, and while Signing Day 2011 is well over a year away, both decided to end the suspense and choose the Seminoles.

Keelin Smith says that he's known for a while that he was going to commit to FSU. It was really only a matter of time when he was going to make it official. After a visit to Smith's school from FSU Keelin knew it was time to go ahead and end his process.

"I went ahead and committed because I knew for a fact that I wanted to go to FSU," said Smith on his decision. "I've talked to my coaches about it some but I wanted to keep it quiet for a while."

"Coaches from FSU were up here this week. I think they knew from the times I have visited and all that I was leaning towards them. It was great seeing them."

While Smith's family isn't too familiar with college football he says his family is happy that Keelin will get a chance to get a college education while playing on the next level.

"Really my family doesn't know too much about college football to be honest," Smith said, "but my mom is just happy that I am going to get a chance to go to college."

Keelin told NoleDigest that since he committed he has been inundated with questions about the future of teammate and 2010 5-star Jeff Luc. He says they haven't talked too much about it and that Luc has keep things close to the vest.

"To be honest I have no idea what Jeff is going to do," said Smith. "He doesn't even really talk about it so I don't know. He has put out lists and top 2 or 3's or whatever but he doesn't say much. I respect that about him."

Smith has over a year to get better as a play and grow physically so there are some questions on if he'll be a corner or safety at FSU. He says the coaches at FSU haven't really said yet. For Keelin it doesn't matter as long as he can contribute to the team.

"Basically I think I can bring physical play to the secondary," said Smith of what he'll bring to FSU in 2011. "I love man to man a lot. I am a big, physical corner that can cover the big wide receivers. I probably will slide over to safety at FSU but Coach Coley hasn't said anything yet. Really it doesn't matter to me as long as I can contribute."

Smith says he plans on sticking with FSU until the end.

"I feel pretty good and solid with FSU," said Smith. "I am going to be one of those recruits that call kids and helps build my class!"

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