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Smith's Latest Plans
LaQuentin Smith, the 6-foot, 220-pound three-star linebacker from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., has narrowed his choices to three schools – South Florida, West Virginia and Pittsburgh. All have offered. Smith, ranked as the No. 22 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but says he will be visiting Pittsburgh officially on Jan. 21. "I haven't talked to the new head coach (Todd Graham) yet," Smith said. "I was surprised they fired coach Dave Wannstedt because I thought the team was doing good, but it's a business." The week following his Pittsburgh trip he'll be taking an official visit to Panthers' rival West Virginia. "They play the same kind of defense we play," he said. "I like the defensive backs coach (David Lockwood) a lot. He's real down-to-earth and puts you in the best position to succeed." Smith says he also isn't too bothered by the fact that coach Bill Stewart will be stepping down after the 2011 season. "But I hope the staff stays intact," he said. "That's gonna be important. I really have a great relationship with coach Lockwood and want him there." He says he does not plan on taking an official visit to South Florida because the Bulls are only about 45 minutes from his house. "They're real close and I like coach Skip Holtz a lot," he said. "He's turned them around and he's a hell of a guy. He's a lot like his father (Lou Holtz) and is always telling stories. He's got that program coming up." Smith also took an official visit to Arkansas on Sept. 25, but says the Razorbacks are no longer recruiting him. He was originally supposed to visit Cincinnati sometime this month as well, but says the Bearcats are no longer communicating with him. "I haven't been hearing from them at all," he said about the Bearcats' coaches. He says he'll make a decision sometime after his final trip but before signing day. "It's gonna come down to me feeling the best and where I'm the most comfortable," he said. Smith plans to major in sports communications and reports a 3.0 core GPA and 17 ACT.
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