LaQuentin Smith, a 6'1-210 pound talented strong safety/outside linebacker from Dr. Phillips is one of the top defensive prospects in central Florida, and this past weekend traveled to Tampa with his team to compete in the USF Sling and Shoot, where his team lost in the championship game.
"It was a good tournament, even though we lost the first game, we bounced back and got all the way to the championship game," said Smith. "We were runners up to Winter Park, but at least kept it an all Orange County game. It shows we have a lot of talent in Orlando."
Smith did a little of everything for Dr. Phillips during the tourney, lining up at safety, linebacker, receiver, and even a little at quarterback.
"I try to do it all, and whatever is best for my team and be an all-around team player," said Smith. "I feel that I did good, and it was another teaching moment so I can work on my skills, back-pedaling, coming out of my breaks, stuff like that.
The 6-foot-1, 210 pound Smith finished his junior season with 97 tackles, 6 for-a-loss, 1 interception, 6 pass break-ups, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries, and schools have taken notice as he's accumulated 17 offers so far. Ole Miss and Michigan State were the latest teams to throw their hat into the mix, but one school is standing out over the rest.
"I still got USF in the lead right now, they jumped over South Carolina," said Smith. "I talk to the USF coaches all the time, just building that chemistry. They make me feel that they really want me, and make me feel like I'm at home too, so that's really good too."
The 3-star prospect plays multiple positions but is projected at linebacker and is ranked the No. 32 MLB by Scout.com, but where he plays for USF may be an internal battle.
"Coach Snyder is trying to pull me to linebacker, but I don't think Coach Smith will go for it," said Smith. "Whatever they need me to do, I'm down for it."
The talented defender is planning a return trip to South Florida on June 26th.
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