Orwin Smith: Not as close as before

The last time someone from Scout.com checked in with Orwin Smith, a 3-star running back from Phenix City, Alabama, Smith stated he was very close to a commitment.

The last time someone from Scout.com checked in with Orwin Smith, a 3-star running back from Phenix City, Alabama, Smith stated he was very close to a commitment. Rumors were flying around that he was going to go ahead and commit to Auburn. Why didn't this happen? Orwin broke it down for us yesterday.

"Auburn was number one for me. The rumor was that they were running out of scholarships, so I was going to go ahead and commit to them. The next day I talked to my head coach and he explained to me that I didn't need to rush it. He said that (Auburn) had only run out of scholarships for that position, but that they weren't full at all taking 'athletes.' I could still go to Auburn as an athlete and play running back."

When asked about who was recruiting him currently the hardest, Orwin stated, "Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Auburn. But my top 3 is Vanderbilt, Clemson and Auburn."

Smith said Georgia Tech is not out of the picture, but that his top 3 is just his preferences right now. So why has Georgia Tech fallen a little in his eyes?

"Well I was talking to (Tech) back in the spring and my recruiting coach, Coach Kelly, told me I would make a great ACC safety. That just wasn't what I wanted to hear, you know...I was there for a junior day. (Tech) would be a great offer because I'd get more carries and more exposure (if I played running back)."

Orwin says he hopes to get to as many games as he can this fall, especially to see Vanderbilt and Clemson because he hasn't been to their campuses yet. He hopes to have his decision made midway through the season.


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