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Gators out in front for Smith

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Seffner (Fla.) Armwood running back Eric Smith, a Rivals100 to watch prospect for the Class of 2008, has a big early leader and has been getting plenty of attention from multiple Division I-A programs.
"I got offered by Florida and USF," he said. "I spoke with the coach from Ole Miss on Friday night and also spoke with Michigan. Both of those schools could be fixing to offer. Other than that, that's about it. I get a lot of letters from different schools and things like that."
The Gators have emerged as the early team to beat for the 5-foot-10, 239-pounder
"Florida's really the top for me," he said. "They've been going after me the hardest."
Smith attended the Gators' Junior Day event on Feb. 3
"It was good," Smith said. "It was a good experience going to the basketball game. I got to go talk about academics and everything. (Former Tampa Middleton star and current Gator) A.J. Jones is playing a key factor in me liking the Gators right now. He talks to me a lot about coming there."
Smith also has a good relationship with two-time Rivals.com National Top 25 recruiter Stan Drayton, the Gators running backs coach and ace recruiter in the Tampa area.
"(Drayton) is real cool," Smith said. "We have a good relationship and everything."
Is there a chance that Smith could be an early commit to UF?
"It depends on who is coming in and what they are offering me," he said. "A lot of people like Torrey Davis are telling me to commit early because it's a whole lot less stress on your life and everything. It depends on who comes up to the table."
Despite the Gators being in the lead, two other in-state Florida schools have Smith's attention as well.
"Florida State and South Florida are both schools that I could play at and stay close to home," Smith said.
Though most of his interest lies in staying in-state, Smith added that he would not rule out playing out-of-state if the right situation presented itself.
Smith attended the Rivals.com Junior Day on Saturday at Clearwater Countryside High School.
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