Antone Smith, a 5'8 185 pound prospect, hails from Pahokee, FL, is one of those rare phenoms that comes along once in a long while. 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. Ranked as the 3rd best running back in the country, Smith can choose his university from a number of schools across this vast nation.
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.
Though having been offered by virtually everyone, among them LSU, Florida,
Miami, Michigan, NC State, USC, Auburn, Georgia, Florida State, and Rutgers, to
name a few, Smith was firm in stating that he does not
currently have a Top 5. "I currently have
no top five, no favorites. I'm open. I'm looking at everyone."
Just a few weeks ago, when college coaches began dialing up their recruits' numbers, one school beat out all the others when dialing Smith's number. The Rutgers coaching staff was the first to contact Smith, letting him know just how high a priority he is for the Scarlet Knights. "It was very surprising. They're just doing their job. They're trying to be number one and doing whatever it takes."
Smith was at the recent Miami/Florida State game two Friday's ago at the Orange Bowl. "It was exciting, very exciting. Both teams played very hard."
At this point Smith has not considered any official visits. He indicated that most of his time is being spent training and focusing on his Senior season at Pahokee.
While Rutgers doesn't stand out in any particular way, it is safe to say that the northern school is one that Smith is currently taking a long hard look at. "One thing I know about Rutgers, they're gonna grow."
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