Tigers Have Some Work To Do

The latest LSU recruit at running back to pick an offer from the Tigers is Sunshine State product Eric Smith from Seffner, Fla.

Eric Smith

The 5-11, 220-pound back rushed for more than 500 yards and 12 touchdowns in only four games last season. He injured his elbow, causing him to miss the rest of the season. Even with his brief stint in the lineup, Smith managed to must all-county honors as well as spot on the All-Sun Coast team. Smith has picked up more than 20 offers, but has narrowed his list to six.


"Right now it's Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Alabama and LSU," said Smith. "All of the schools have great programs, and with the exception of LSU, I have a good relationship with all of the coaches. My two leaders right now, Auburn and Clemson, have a good tradition of putting running backs into the next level."


The Scout.com 4-star back said LSU almost didn't make his last cut.


"I sat down with my mom and coach Cal (his high school coach) and we got it down to those first five teams, then the next day I got a letter in the mail from LSU giving me an offer and I went ahead and added them to the list," said Smith.


LSU may have made the list but Smith said that he hasn't had a conversation with one coach from LSU.


"I got a text message one day, but that's about it," said Smith. "Coach Cal has been telling me about them. He said they are a great program and one of my other coaches knows the running backs' coach, so he's been telling him to keep an eye out for me. But, my coaches said that even though they aren't talking to me much, if they gave me an offer, then they are definitely keeping an eye on me."


Smith will have a busy end of July coming up. He has scheduled stops at Auburn on the 14th, Clemson on the 27th, and Florida on the 30th for their Friday Night Lights camp.


During all of his visits he'll be looking for one important element at each school.


"I want to see where I feel the most comfortable," said Smith. "I know I'm going to be there for the next four years so I want to be somewhere I am happy. I want to be able to talk with all the coaches and get along with all the players. I'm going to ask the players how the coaches are after the recruiting process to see if they act the same. I want to make sure a school is as good as it seems after recruiting is over."


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