Fla. WR ready to commit

The father of a Florida receiver holding an offer from Rutgers said his son is committing to the Scarlet Knights today. The player recently said he was favoring Rutgers, and believes now is the right time to pull the trigger. What swayed him? And why is he committing now? Find out those answers, as well as who the player is, right now.

The worst part about Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High receiver Tim Smith's visit to Rutgers was losing his cell phone, and now that must be replaced.

The best part is he came away loving the school so much he plans on committing when Scarlet Knights receivers coach Brian Jenkins visits today.

That is what his dad, Tim Sr., said Wednesday afternoon.

"He's ready to commit to the school,'' Tim Sr. said. "He had nothing but good things to say about everybody he met, from the coaches to the players. He's going to go to Rutgers.''

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Smith made the transition from quarterback to receiver this season.

But what did Smith enjoy so much about the trip?

"The way the coaches treated him, and the way the players were, it made him feel like he was part of a family,'' Smith Sr. said. "He fell in love with the whole process. All he talked about when he got home was Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers.

"The experience he got while he was on the football field with the guys before the (West Virginia) game was overwhelming to him.''

The weight room at Rutgers also caught Smith's eye.

"He talked about the weight room, and how big it is,'' Smith Sr. said. "It's so much bigger than what we have at the school here. He loves lifting weights and doing things like that. He's so eager to get to the school.''

There may be an opportunity for the younger Smith to enroll early, according to his dad. He is close to graduating (it could happen in January) but he still needs to achieve a higher test score to be NCAA eligible.

"He's ready to be out of here,'' Smith Sr. said.

Smith is inexperienced as a receiver, and his 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash is misleading.

His coach at Fort Pierce Central, Chris Hutchings, said Smith developed quickly as a receiver, and he was consistently the fastest and best athlete on the field.

But part of the reason his 40 time is low is because the Fort Pierce Central players do not have direct training on how to run the timed race, according to Hutchings.

"The kid is a great athlete and an even better baseball player than football player,'' Smith Sr. said. "But he fell in love with football when he became a quarterback his freshman year. He's football, football, football. He eats and sleeps football.''


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