Every college coach already knew about Pahokee (Fla.) running back Antone Smith before the NIKE combine in Miami. Now fans and coaches alike are salivating over the South Florida star.
At the camp he earned MVP honors and posted a 4.25 40-yard dash. This was the second consecutive year in which he posted the camp’s fastest time. Early on there were a few doubters who said that he may be a little small at 5-foot-9, 181 pounds, but now all doubt has been erased.
“I don’t know who all has offered to tell the truth,” said Smith. “My coach handles most of the offers and stuff like that. I mean I know which schools that I am really interested in and all of them have offered, but I try not to worry too much about that.”
Last year as a junior, he had more than 1,000 yards in rushing and 12 touchdowns. He had an ankle injury, which kept him out of over three games last season. The year before as a sophomore, he rolled up almost 2,000 yards and had 21 touchdowns.
So how does he feel about another stellar camp showing?
“All it takes is a work ethic. If you work hard and play at 100 percent you are going to end up doing well. I feel like I’m always the hardest working and I think that is what has allowed me to do so well.”
Prior to a stellar junior campaign as a sophomore Smith had 1,908 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He was named Florida’s Sophomore Player of the Year. His freshman year he had over 500 rushing yards.
“I don’t have too much of a list right now. I really just want to take some visits this summer. I’m still weighing my options and I want to make sure that I check everyone out.”
Depending on when you read an article you might have remembered him saying that he wanted to stay close to home or get away from home. The truth is, he wouldn’t mind either.
“Staying close to home would obviously be cool because then my family could come and watch me play. I’m comfortable with this area and all and that is an advantage. Leaving wouldn’t be so bad either though because I think it can help you be a more well-rounded person and it would be cool to see other parts of the country too.”