Antone Smith who hails from Pahokee, FL, was just one of many high-profile
Florida prospects in attendance at the recent Greg Schiano Football camp. He is
a 5'8 185 pound prospect
who could come to Rutgers and make an impact right away. Smith runs an amazing 4.3 40-yard dash, finished as the state runner up in the 100m and 200m (22.11) at the end of his sophomore year, and is widely recognized as the fastest tailback in the nation. Antone is ranked by TheInsiders.com as a five star recruit and is listed on TheInsiders.com National Hot 100 List as the 17th best player in the nation. The fastest back in the nation, Antone was on the Rutgers University campus this past week attending the Greg Schiano football camp.
He has had a great high school career although he was injured much of his Junior season. As a Sophomore he rushed for over 1,500 yards (as a means of comparison, Rutgers signee Dimitri Linton, the Class 5A Florida Player of the Year in 2003, rushed for 1675 yards). Also, while a Sophomore, he finished as state runner up in both the 100m and 200m events. He was injured much of his Junior season but still managed to rush for nearly 1,000 yards and help lead his team to the state championship. Of high importance as well is that he's fully qualified, carrying a 2.6 GPA and a score of 17 on the ACT.
"I was very impressed and everything was great. The facilities were absolutely beautiful," said Antone, in reference to the newly upgraded Hale Center which has been having a very positive effect on recruits.
Antone has been offered by, in the young man's own words, "Everyone". It should be of no surprise as the talented tailback has received attention from all corners of the country. He went on to add: "Seriously, I have been offered by Rutgers, Miami, Michigan, NC State, USC, Auburn, Georgia, and Florida State". Though boasting a ton of offers from schools, Antone does not currently have a Top 5. "I currently have
no top five, I'm looking at everyone".
The competition at camp this past week was stiff. The best from Florida went up against the best from New Jersey. It has been said that the first camp day, Sunday, became a little heated between prospects from the two different states. However, when it was all said and done, it was Antone Smith, whose performance had garnered so much respect, who was showing the rest of the campers the proper technique and form necessary to run the 40. Indeed, when asked about the trash talking between the FL and NJ kids he said, "Yeah, there was a lot of it but I'm not a trash talker at all". Antone let his performance dictate what happened and in the end, everyone else was all ears, listening to every word from the heralded prospect.
Throughout much of camp Antone was with Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano and Bayonne (NJ) two-way player (linebacker/running back prospect) Jerome Hayes. It was evident that the two nationally recruited stars had hit it off, and indeed there has been some speculation regarding the future possible destination of Antone and Jerome (ranked as the 73rd player overall on TheInsiders.com National Hot 100 List) at Rutgers. Antone thought very highly of Jerome: "Me and Jerome seemed like best friends. We stuck together like peanut butter and jelly," he said. Rutgers fans should be more than enthused at the possible recruiting coup that could be accomplished by landing the blue chip prospects. As a matter of fact, in a separate interview with Rutgers recruit Desmond Walker, who also lists Rutgers high among his list of suitors, it became evident that the realization of landing such a group of prospects, including Dakota and Desmond Walker, is not that farfetched: "If we all stay together I can see nothing but championships - it's the I-95 connection. I really feel that."
Antone was very excited to comment on coaches Schiano and Rizzi. "They
are great guys and I was very impressed. They would sit down with me and
talk about things other than football". That was one of the things that
impressed him most as he really liked the fact that the Coaching Staff was very
down to Earth and could relate. He stated how the Rutgers Coaching Staff had
the ability to really pump the players up to make big plays which he also
thought was impressive.
Antone indicated that he does plan on camping elsewhere during the remaining summer months. "I will be camping at Florida State and Florida as well this summer and possibly USC". He has yet to finalize what official visits he will plan to take: "I haven't got anything set up yet". However, sources close to the situation have informed us that the possibility of a Rutgers official visit is very real.
There is no doubt that getting a commitment from Smith would be an absolute steal for the Rutgers Coaching Staff. Head Coach Greg Schiano knows how to recruit the state of Florida and
there is no doubt he's making a huge push to get this young man on the Rutgers University campus.
Below, we take a look at a several minute video (available only to Premium Subscribers), displaying many of Antone's
impressive highlight-reel runs. His open field speed is nothing short of
remarkable - to that you add an ability to cut back and change directions in traffic, without
losing a step. The combination of the two makes Antone Smith one of the
more highly regarded tailback prospects in recent memory:
Antone Smith Video 1
Stay tuned for any further developments...