RECRUITING: Antone Smith still has four on radar

Antone Smith, Florida's Mr. Football, had a good visit to Miami this past weekend, and he's looking forward to visiting Florida on Friday, but that doesn't mean he's anywhere closer to making a commitment.

"I know a lot of people don't believe me, but seriously, I really don't know where I'm going right now," said Smith Tuesday night. The 5-8, 187-pound tailback out of Pahokee says it is still a four-team race with Florida, Florida State, Miami and Auburn "pretty much even out."

The Miami visit allowed him to spend time with Coach Larry Coker, whom he says is "a pretty honest guy. I kinda trust him."

He was hosted by a pair of linebackers from South Florida, Tavares Gooden and Jon Beason. He's been friends with Beason awhile so he said he was comfortable with the company he was keeping.

"It was good to hang around some friends," he said. "Really, there's not a whole lot about Miami that I already don't know. I've been going to games and camps there a long time."

The Miami visit was revealing in one aspect, however.

"At most schools you've got a lot of people in the classes, so you're not a name, you're just a number," he said. "I like the way that Miami limits the number of students in a class so you can at least get to know the people you're in class with."

He talks regularly to University of Florida Coach Urban Meyer, whom he met in an in-home visit about three weeks ago. He stays in touch with Meyer and also with Florida assistant Doc Holliday.

"I talk to Doc a lot," he said.

Smith is rated the number two overall prospect in the nation by Scout.com. He scored 44 touchdowns this past season to lead Pahokee to its second straight state championship. He will be a signing day commitment, revealing his college choice on ESPN.

"Until then, I'm just gonna check things out and I'll make my choice after I've taken all my visits," he said.

Antone Smith probably understands the recruiting game as well as any high school kid in the nation. He is a bright young man with a good sense of humor who listens very carefully to what everyone has to say. He is watching carefully for inconsistencies among the schools who are recruiting him and he's not letting anyone know what he sees are the strengths and weaknesses of each school recruiting him. He isn't even talking about it to close friends.

"Everyone will know on signing day," he said. "Until then, I'm the only one who really knows."


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