Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Deerfield Beach athlete Seitu Smith made a decision over the weekend. After a discussion with his family, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete committed to Harvard.
"I committed on Sunday," Smith said. "I thought it was the right place for me. It prepares you for life after football. My parents always talk to me about that so I thought they were the right place that could help me with it."
"I like the Boston area as well," Smith added. "The coaches also told me they have NFL scouts there a lot. There is still a chance to go pro from there."
Smith has previously visited the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus and gotten a feel for his future college home.
"I went up there over the summer, went to the camp, met the coaches and everything," Smith said.
He has stayed in regular contact with Tim Murphy and his staff at Harvard. He feels he has built a strong, trusting relationship with the Crimson's staff.
"I talk to them about every week," Smith said. "They are just really easy to talk to and I feel like they tell me the truth."
At Deerfield Beach, Smith has played on offense, defense, and special teams. As a junior, Smith caught 29 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns on offense. Defensively, he racked up 35 tackles and four interceptions as a defensive back. He is expected to play a similar role at Harvard.
"From what the coaches said, they want me to play receiver, slot, some special teams, and maybe a little defense," Smith said.
At the time of his decision, Smith was receiving plenty of interest.
"I had offers from Bryant, Towson, and Navy," Smith said. "I was talking with Utah, Boston College, North Carolina, and some others."
Despite having a handful of interested schools that may tender an offer between now and Signing Day, Smith believes he is done with the process.
"I am taking my official visit to Harvard and I think that is it," Smith said.
Smith is already fully qualified having earned an 1150 on the SAT.