Clemson first to offer rangy athlete

Last week, Clemson was the first of four offers for this sophomore athlete from Saint Petersburg, Florida.

That's the territory for running backs coach Tony Elliott, who stopped by Lakewood High School last Wednesday. He was there to see 2016 athlete Saivion Smith.

As a sophomore, Smith had about 700 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. He accumulated 400 yards on punt and kick returns. On the defensive side of the ball, he had six interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. Smith also played some quarterback.

"Coach Elliott actually came to the school. Coach [Corey] Moore introduced me to him. I don't remember what time it was…[Elliott] said, ‘I watched your film and talked to the defensive coordinator and he actually told me to offer you on the spot.' So that's how that came about," Smith said last Wednesday.

About 10 minutes before speaking with CUTigers that night, he added an offer from UCF. Florida offered the next day, so did Iowa State.

Clemson likes him as a cornerback and UCF said they're recruiting him as a defensive back. At this point, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect doesn't care what position he plays at the next level.

"I honestly just want an opportunity to showcase my talent and I just want to further my education also," Smith said.

Clemson's offer was a bit of a surprise.

"I didn't even know [Elliott], honestly. He just came to do. I met him today and they offered," Smith said.

He's still learning about Clemson.

"I don't know much. I know it's a great school. There's a lot of tradition there. It's a nice fan-base. I know they get really loud there," Smith said.

Florida, Florida State and Georgia have also been by to evaluate him this spring.

ScoutFootball.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


2016 two-way star Saivion Smith holds some impressive scholarship offers

Forums


31 Fans online
    Join The Conversation

    Tweets