UF Academics Impress Antone Smith

Fresh off his visit to the University of Florida, Pahokee's all-world tailback Antone Smith is still keeping his lips zipped about where he's going to be playing football next year.

"It's the same four we've been talking about every week," said Smith, the 5-8, 187-pound speedster with the jitterbug moves. "Florida, Miami, Auburn and FSU. Same four and that's not in any order."

Hosted by Brandon Siler in Gainesville, Smith said the weekend was fine and that he enjoyed his visit with Coach Urban Meyer. There were two highlights for him.

"I really was impressed with the academics," he said. "The Florida academics are some of the best in the nation. They took a lot of time with me there. I liked what I saw."

The other highlight was Saturday night when all the players saw the jumbotron with the video presentation that is seen each week during football season when the Gators are about to take the field.

"That's awesome," said Smith, and then with a laugh adding, "but we've got a real show like that with real alligators in Pahokee."

He did enjoy meeting all the recruits who were in for the weekend as well as meeting the Florida players.

"A lot of nice guys there," he said. "Hanging with the players was great."

Smith will complete his official visits next weekend when he goes to Florida State and then he'll make his final decision. He will be announcing his choice on ESPN on national signing day.

Until then, he'll keep everyone guessing.

"This is the best way," he said. "It keeps the pressure off if no one has an idea where I'm going."

GATOR COUNTRY TAKE: While there are four schools on his list, it's doubtful that Antone Smith will leave the state of Florida. There is a lot of speculation that he's narrowed his choices to Florida and Miami because of Florida's offense (tailor made to his talents) and Miami's depth chart (Frank Gore leaving opens the door for him at tailback), but if he's got it down to those two, he's not hinting one way or the other. When he says he's doing this to keep the pressure off, he's probably telling it the way it is. He lives close to Miami, Pahokee has sent two big time players (Anquan Boldin and Eric Moore) to FSU, and his football hero has always been UF's Emmitt Smith, so the pressure is likely there from all sides.

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