Is Fla. WR Smith committed to Rutgers?

Receiver Tim Smith of Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central said he committed to Rutgers at the end of his official visit last month, but he still needed to take care of an academic issue before the Scarlet Knights would accept his commitment. Now, he talks about where things stand in his recruitment, and if he considers himself committed to the Scarlet Knights.

Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central receiver Tim Smith said he orally committed to Rutgers at the end of an official visit last month, but added his recruitment is now open.

According to Smith, he needs to achieve a qualifying ACT score before the Scarlet Knights would accept his commitment. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Smith took the exam on Dec. 12 and is awaiting the result, but even if he gets the needed score of 18, it will not seal his decision to attend Rutgers.

"When I went on the visit I verbally committed, but I still have other visits I'm going to take,'' Smith said. "I kind of see myself wide open right now until I find out exactly where I want to be at.''

Smith was being recruited to Rutgers by receivers coach Chris Jenkins, who left after the bowl game to become the head coach at Bethune-Cookman.

Therefore, Smith is headed to Bethune-Cookman for an official visit this weekend. He said he will also visit Purdue, Indiana and South Florida, although he wasn't sure of the dates of those trips.

"They all roll up behind each other,'' Smith said.

Smith added he has only communicated via email with Rutgers recently, and it appears Rutgers' interest in him is waning.

The lure of Smith is his speed, and potential.

Although he was clocked at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, it comes with the caveat he had no formal training in the event, so his time is inflated. He also played only one season at receiver after being shifted from quarterback.

But the reason for his move from quarterback to receiver is also the reason his recruitment has been uneven.

Smith was suspended from Fort Pierce's football team after a training camp issue. All players were asked to be on the practice field on time, but several remained outside of a fenced in area despite the warnings from coach Chris Hutchins, who was tightening his reign on the team.

Smith was one of the players who did not take Hutchins seriously and was suspended from the team. Upon his return, Smith was moved from starting quarterback to receiver, and recruiters have been asking him about it ever since.

"I most definitely regret it,'' Smith said. "I definitely wanted to lead my team this year and I didn't get a chance to do that. It's definitely a decision I regret.''

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