LaQuentin Smith is a standout safety prospect from Dr. Phillips High and Scout caught up with him to…
LaQuentin Smith, the 6-foot, 220-pound three-star linebacker from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., has helped lead his team to a perfect 6-0 start with around 40 total tackles. Smith, ranked as the No. 23 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, now denies a leader or any favorites but has already taken an official visit to Arkansas. He tripped to Fayetteville on Sept. 25 when the Razorbacks took on then-No. 1 Alabama. "It was a great time," Smith gushed. "The fans were crazy and they really showed me a good time." He said one of the highlights was definitely the game. "They should have won though," he said about the Razorbacks 20-24 loss. "That was tough. "They're doing okay this season, but they should be in the top five right now," he said. "I thought they could win the SEC this year. But they had some injuries and that knocked them back a bit. But overall I like how coach Bobby Petrino turned that program around. "I just loved interacting with the coaches and talking football," Smith said. "We talked about defense and spent some time watching film and breaking down tape. I loved learning from them. "Talking to the players was great too," he said. "They made me feel very welcome." Smith says he's close to setting up official visits to Colorado State and Florida International. "Colorado State was my first offer when I was a junior," he said. "They've been on me since the beginning and I want to check them out. "At FIU I really like the head coach," he said about the Panther head man Mario Cristobal. "We have a really great relationship and get along well. I think I'd be able to play early there and really make a difference." Also high on Smith's list are South Florida, Wake Forest and Cincinnati. All have offered. "I'm not focusing on recruiting yet," he said. "I'm taking it slow and just enjoying it. I like getting to meet new people and talk to all these coaches. It's great. Right now I'm just taking it all in. "I want to make sure I find a place where I can play," he said. "I want to go where they need me. I'll make a decision that's best for me and my family." Smith says the Razorbacks are recruiting him the hardest. He also has offers from Iowa State, Memphis, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Purdue, West Virginia, UCF, Illinois, South Carolina and Tennessee. Smith plans to major in sports communications and reports a 3.0 core GPA and 17 ACT, which he plans to retake in November.
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