Smith still weighing options

Shawn Smith opened his recruitment back up, and the 2012 guard is taking things in stride as he paces himself to kick off his first action in the new year.

  Shawn Smith became a hot name early in the year, but things cooled off for him around December.

The talented Florida guard transferred schools from Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville) to Providence School (Jacksonville) – which led to him having to sit out for the rest of his junior season.

Shortly after the transfer, Smith pulled the trigger and committed to UCF.

Things have now changed.

The 6-foot-4 combo guard has decommitted from UCF, and has opened his recruitment back up to the masses.

"I kind of felt like I had rushed into (the commitment)," he said. "When I got on campus, I just got hyped about the visit.

"When I thought about it, I thought I wanted to go to a bigger conference. I wanted to have a shot at playing in the tournament, and I also want to win. Playing in that tournament, that's like a dream."

Smith is ready to kick off the AAU season with Nike Team Florida at the EYBL Boo Williams tournament in Virginia. Instead of over anticipating the moment with anxiousness, Smith is embracing the opportunity and letting things come to him.

"This will be my first game back at it," he said. "I think I'm going to back out there and have fun with it." So far, most the schools that had already offered him stand the same — South Carolina, Florida State, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Cincinnati.

 "(South Carolina head) coach (Darrin) Horn and (assistant) coach Mike (Boynton) called me today, actually," he said. "They said they still want me. Once they heard I decommitted, they were right back on it. (The recruitment) has really been about the same."

South Carolina was one of the early favorites for Smith, as was Florida State.

"Florida State is kind of hot on the trial," he said.

He has no visits set up in the near future, but he was planning to trip to Tallahassee.

"The guy (at Florida State) that was recruiting me got a head coaching job," he said, "so I'm not sure about the visit."

The Chicago native did admit that Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton is still very active in his recruitment and is coming after him the hardest.

The only school that hadn't offered Smith that he's clear on the situation is Louisville — which came down to watch him workout recently.

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