It appears that Tennessee picked up a big commitment Tuesday morning when Florida running back Tom Smith made his pledge to the Volunteers.
A back that would seem to be underrated and slightly under-recruited, Smith was scheduled to camp at Florida State this coming weekend.
"His recruitment has been blowing up lately," Apopka Head Coach Rick Darlington told InsideTennessee.com. "There were a lot of schools coming by this spring. I have been expecting several other schools to offer."
With over 20 official offers already on the table, Smith is a versatile back that has deceptive speed, according to his coach.
"A lot of coaches look at Tom as a power back, but that's a little deceiving," Darlington said. "He is a lot faster than he gets credit for. He doesn't get caught from behind. He has great hands and can be a big receiving threat."
Darlington feels that Smith's balance and good speed will make him a big success in the SEC.
"Tennessee got themselves a great one," Darlington said. "He has great balance and he isn't taken down very easily. He will break a lot of tackles and once he has, he's gone. There is no catching him."
Smith rushed for 1,651 yards and 24 TDs. He was a Third Team All State RB in the 6A classification and was named First Team All Central Florida RB by the Orlando Sentinel.
Smith currently holds offers from Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Northwestern and Memphis to name a few.
Smith has spent the last couple of days camping at the University of Tennessee, where apparently he was impressed.
How solid is Smith's commitment to Tennessee?
"I had this discussion with him last night with him and his father," Darlington explained. "Once a player commits from our school to a college his recruitment is officially over. I don't let other schools come into the school and talk to him, etc.
"Once you're engaged there is no more dating, that's something I'm pretty sure he and his father will honor. I'm sure he is all Vol."