Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards running back Michael Smith is one of the quickest running backs in the South. He is the type that the expression “quick as a hiccup” evolved after.
“I did not go to any games this past weekend,” Smith said. “I just decided to stay at home with my mom and watch all the games on television. This weekend I am planning on going to the Florida-LSU game.”
The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Smith runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and is freakishly strong with a 295-pound bench press and a 515-pound squat.
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“Right now my top five schools are Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, Northwestern and Purdue,” Smith said. “I really don’t have a leader out of all those, I would say that they are all pretty much even right now.”
As a junior, Smith rushed for 1,413 yards and 20 touchdowns averaging 11.2 yards per carry. He also returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and two punts. Along with being a standout football player, Smith is also a star on the diamond. His sophomore year, he hit .515 and stole 31 bases. The possibility of playing both sports in college is there, but the option of entering the Major League baseball draft out of high school isn’t.
“I have pretty much set up official visits to Northwestern for October 15 and Purdue for October 23, but those are not in concrete yet and the date could change,” Smith said.