LaQuentin Smith, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound three-star safety/linebacker from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL, has been one of the more highly recruited players in the state after finishing his junior season with 97 tackles, five fumbles caused and four fumbles recovered, and is off to a torrid start this season as he's helped his team to a 5-0 start and only allowed 14 points scored against them all season.
"Things are going great, we're beating everybody," said Smith. "I've got 1 interception, two forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered, and I don't know how many tackles but I have a bunch."
Smith claims over 22 offers including Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas South Florida Cincinnati, Purdue, and Wake Forest among others, but has been listing the Razorbacks, Bulls and the Gamecocks as his leaders. Over the past three weeks there have been rumors that Smith was going to end his recruitment, First it was reported that he was going to commit to Arkansas after his visit, and then this week it was said he was going to commit to USF, but Smith said that's not the case.
"People always talk, but I don't know where it comes from because the only people I've talked to have been my coach and my family," said Smith. "I'm still looking and everybody is still open."
"The schools I've been focusing on are Arkansas, USF, and South Carolina, but West Virginia and Cincinnati have been coming on," said Smith. "Marshall has been really turning up also, I get calls, emails and letters from them regularly."
Smith said that Arkansas, USF, and South Carolina, have always been there, but the two other Big East schools that have jumped into the picture, West Virginia, and Cincinnati, have been in and out, during his recruitment.
"Yeah West Virginia has been a bit off and on, the same thing with Cincinnati," said Smith. "The coaches have been trying to get in contact with me, but have had trouble so it's understandable."
The Dr. Phillips standout has only taken one official visit to Arkansas in September, and hasn't taken any unofficial visits either.
"I haven't taken any visits lately as I've been focusing on my school work," said Smith. "West Virginia tried to get me up there, but I couldn't make it, and I've been talking to South Carolina about a visit too, the other out of state visit I was thinking about was to Cincinnati for their game against Pitt. If I take an in-state visit, it will be to USF."
"I'm planning on going to USF when they play Pitt on November 20th, but that will probably be for an un-official visit," said Smith. If I go to Cincinnati, it'll be for an official when they play Pittsburgh also."
Smith talked a bit about some of the schools he's been focusing
"Arkansas is a real nice university and the only college around there. They also have a great fan base and love their football."
"South Carolina has great coaching and Head coach Steve Spurrier is one of the best in the game."
"USF Is close to home, they have a great coaching staff, and coach Holtz is going to do big things there. I talk to defensive coordinator Coach Snyder, and Coach Smith and probably call coach Snyder twice a week. He's a great coach and a defensive mind, and all we talk about is different defenses."
"Cincinnati has always been there, and a school that I've never been able to see. They have a very good program and won the Big East Championship, so you can never count them out."
"West Virginia has always had a good football program, and say that I'll be a good fit in their defensive scheme."
Smith planned on making an early commitment, but for now it appears that decision is on hold.
"I'm just taking everything in with the recruiting process, that way when I do decide it will be the right decision for me."
Stick with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on LaQuentin Smith and the rest of the 2011 recruiting class.