Pahokee, Fla., is always home to some of the nation’s top talent and this year and next year is no exception.
Word got out last night that outside linebacker Antonio Wilson and safety Demir Bolden had committed to Wake Forest and both players confirmed the commitments. They joined cornerback Alphonso Smith as heading to the Division I level as solid commits, or did they?
“Actually, both Antonio and Demir are solid commits to Wake Forest,” Pahokee coach Leroy Foster said. “I think it’s Alphonso that might have another trick up his sleeve. He’s sitting here next to me smiling, so I know something is up.”
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That something is continued attention from Iowa, which he visited on December 19, new attention from Florida, which just came in the picture last week, and Mississippi State, which he will visit this weekend. At this point, though, Smith is committed to Pittsburgh.
“He’s going to keep us on the edge of our seats,” Foster said. “Who knows he might end up at Wake Forest with the other guys.”
Also making a commitment from Pahokee is two-star safety Andre Swavy, who is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. Swavy, Foster said, is heading to FIU.
But those aren’t the only guys making news at Pahokee.
Antone (pronounced Antoine) Smith is one of the fastest rising junior prospects in the state of Florida. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Smith rushed for 1,908 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore and then battled through an injury-plagued junior season with 1,028 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“He’s the real deal,” Foster said. “He’s solid as a rock and has amazing muscle mass. People just hit him and then he bounces off of them. He also has great work ethic, and he wants to be in the best shape he can be heading into his senior season.
“He wants to get out of Pahokee and make something out of himself.”
And schools are already lining up to do that.
He has early scholarship offers from Georgia, Iowa and Indiana and is also getting heavy interest from FSU and Miami. He was the sophomore of the year in the state of Florida in 2002.