Described by Florence assistant coach Scott Brown as a defensive player who is aggressive and loves to hit, Rashawn Smith sees himself as a laid back type football player.
"I am pretty much a laid back type attitude player that doesn't get too excited about anything," said the 6-3, 200-pounder.
Smith has always been excited about basketball, though. In fact, basketball has been his main sport up until this season.
"I started playing basketball at the age of five and have been playing it ever since," said Smith, who started playing football his junior season. "I actually didn't think that football was my sport. I thought basketball was my sport."
But several people, including former Florence head football coach Alvin Briggs, thought differently and kept on him about playing football. And he finally decided to give it a shot this past season.
"Coach Briggs and a bunch of other people at the school were begging me my entire sophomore year to come play football because it would be a better (sport) for me because I was limiting my offers," said Smith. "Now, I see what they were talking about.
"Sometimes things aren't what they appear to be. You think one way and it could turn out to be another way."
The reason he gets it now is due to what has happened recruiting-wise during the past week.
"Mississippi State and Ole Miss have offered me," said Smith. "I went to Ole Miss for their Junior Day (last Saturday) and they talked to my father and me. And I just got off the phone with Mississippi State. I talked to (MSU assistant) Coach (Geoff) Collins and (MSU head) Coach (Dan) Mullen and both were pretty excited."
And both schools would love to see him on their early 2013 commitment list.
"Both (of the schools) are asking me to commit early but honestly I don't know where I want to go," said Smith. "A bunch of people have told me that I am pretty high on their (recruiting) board."
Despite the verbal offers, he's still not sure what all the fuss is about him as a football player.
"Honestly, I think they see something in me that I don't see in myself (laugh)," said Smith. "I don't know what it is. I guess they see something special in me."
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