Pensacola (FL) Catholic cornerback Simeon Smiley has spent the summer away from the recruiting scene. It’s not because he doesn’t have work to do in fully determining where he’s going to continue his football career. It’s because he has more work to do to improve himself as a player.
“I started working out at the school and training with the team,” Smiley told BadgerNation. “I haven’t visited anyone at all as a matter of a fact this summer. I visited a lot of schools in the spring and right after the school year. I’m planning on taking my official visits.”
Smiley said he is still considering Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, South Alabama, South Florida and Wisconsin. Of those schools, Smiley said Minnesota is recruiting him the hardest and that members of the Gophers staff talk to him practically every day.
“They tell me about the school and all the things going for them,” said Smiley of the Gophers. “I would say they are my favorite. I am still a soft commit to South Alabama but am strongly looking around.”
The 6-1, 195-pound prospect committed to the Jaguars on April 1 but did it to secure a spot.
Wisconsin and Smiley haven’t been in a lot of contact since the Badgers offered him in the spring, but he hopes to take an official visit to the school in the fall if the school is still interested.
“I plan on talking to the coaches from Wisconsin to see if I can come up there (for an official),” said Smiley. “I want to see the campus and the environment. I go to a small school, so I want to see if I can adapt. Wisconsin is a really good school and a big school. I want to see if the coaches treat me like family and if I fit in. I want to talk to some of the players and see how everything goes.”
A two-way player in high school, Smiley is being recruited solely as a defensive back, as schools see him fitting in as a cornerback or a safety. He is ranked the No.105 cornerback in the county by Scout.com.
“The position changes depending on the school,” said Smiley. “I’m not really sure if I can play safety. I want to try it out. A lot of schools are offering me as a defensive back and then will figure out where I’ll go once I get there.”
Smiley said he wants to take official visits to Minnesota and possibly Marshall and take unofficial visits in the fall to closer schools like South Alabama and USF. Until the fall, Smiley will continue grinding away on the practice field.
“I’ve been working on my hands; I want to make a lot of catches this year,” said Smiley. “I’m definitely working on improving my jumps because when the quarterback throws the ball you have to time it just right. Last year I had a problem with that. Other than that, improve my footwork and my hands.”