Fla. WR an RU lean?

Rutgers is heavilty involved in Florida again during this recruiting season, and the Scarlet Knights were in the Sunshine state recently to see a receiver, and came away impressed. The player talks about whether he will leave he state or not, and his mom also chimes in with her desire. Also, find out when the player is visiting Rutgers, and whether he will visit any other schools.

If Tim Smith's mother gets her way, the Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High quarterback-turned receiver will be playing football at Rutgers next season.

And Smith, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, said if he travels out of state to play, he is favoring the Scarlet Knights.

"He was going to stay in Florida near his mamma, but I want him to get out of his comfort zone,'' she said. "He needs something different. I want him to be away from here.

"I know Rutgers came down and watched him recently. I think that's where he's shifting. He's shifting to that direction. I think he likes it better since he started talking to the coaches. I see he's probably going to push to Rutgers.''

Smith said if he decides to stay in-state, he will likely head to South Florida, although he conceded he is leaning toward leaving the Sunshine state.

He will make an official visit to Rutgers the weekend of Dec. 12, which will represent his first trip to New Jersey. He will visit South Florida shortly thereafter.

"If I made my decision out of state, (Rutgers) is my No. 1 team. If I stay in state, I'm thinking South Florida,'' Smith said. "I haven't got a problem playing out of state. I just want to make sure it's something I want to do.''

In addition to offers from Rutgers and South Florida, Fort Pierce coach Chris Hutchings said Smith has offers from Tulsa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Florida International, Purdue (he recently canceled a trip there) and Indiana.

And Hutchings believes the school getting Smith will get a gem of a player who has been under recruited because of a position change.

Smith, who played running back growing up but was Central's quarterback last season, was moved to receiver this season.

"He is learning the position as a receiver and each game he is getting better,'' Hutchings said. "He has good hands. The best fit for him is at receiver. He looks more fluid doing things there.''

One of the questions with Smith is his speed since he was timed in the 4.6 seconds range of the40-yard dash, but Hutchings downplayed it since Smith has no track experience and was never taught the proper way to run the 40.

He said beginning in the offseason Fort Pierce players will start training in the 40. Smith said he was timed at 4.46 in practice, but added he had no formal training in how to run the sprint.

Apparently, Rutgers receivers coach Brian Jenkins saw enough while seeing him play earlier this month.

"He was like, Wow, the kid is fast,' ‘' Hutchings said. "He plays at a high speed on the field. He's always the fastest kid on the field.''

Smith said he has a connection with Jenkins.

"I know they have a great program,'' Smith said. "I watch a lot of football. I just feel comfortable talking to coach Jenkins.''

Smith said he will announce his decision after visiting Rutgers and South Florida.

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