Fla. DB Picks Up UNC Offer

Shortly after Sept. 1, the first day juniors could receive scholarship letters, Keelin Smith received an official scholarship offer from North Carolina.

"I was just happy that [UNC] was recruiting me heavily and that I had got an offer so early," Smith said.

Smith, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back from Port St. Lucie (Fla.) Treasure Coast, has also collected scholarship letters from Florida International, LSU, Miami, and Mississippi.

Back in June, Smith attended a session of UNC's camp with a group of his Treasure Coast teammates.

"[The coaching staff] just told me that they were impressed with me and that they were definitely going to offer me and I'm one of their top guys on their board," Smith said. "They said I have hips good enough to play corner and I'm big enough to play safety."

UNC, like most schools, is primarily recruiting Smith as a cornerback.

"Truthfully, [the position I'm being recruited for] doesn't matter to me," Smith said. "Wherever they feel like I'm going to play best at, I'll play."

Smith exclusively plays cornerback for Treasure Coast. After not playing football his freshman year, he earned a starting role at cornerback as a sophomore. Thus far this season, Smith has recorded an interception, four pass breakups, and 11 tackles.

Smith doesn't claim any favorite schools, but says UNC is definitely a contender.

"Actually I love North Carolina," Smith said. "The simple fact that they've been on me since my sophomore year – that's real big to me. And I like their coaches; their coaching staff is real cool."

Smith isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"I'll decide whenever I feel like I'm confident about what school I want to go to," Smith said.

In addition to UNC, Smith has visited Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, and Tennessee.

Smith attended his first college football game over the weekend – Florida's 23-13 conference victory over Tennessee in Gainesville. He plans to attend the Miami-Oklahoma game in two weeks.

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