November 8, 2010

Are the Chippewas after FL athlete Seitu Smith?

Central Michigan has already added one commitment in the 2011 class from the state of Florida, and it is expected that a few more will follow. One player the Chippewas have had their eye on is Deerfield Beach athlete Seitu Smith.

Smith is a 5-foot-11 and 180 pound athlete who has excelled as a wide receiver and defensive back during his high school career, has tremendous speed (clocked at 4.37 this summer) and more than enough size to play at the next level. While Smith is still in the midst of his high school season, he won't have long before recruiting becomes a priority as Deerfield Beach is currently sitting at a disappointing 1-8 overall.

"As a team, we haven't played as well as we wanted," added Smith. "We've made too many mistakes this year and just haven't been able to put things together. And as a player, my stats haven't been where I wanted them, but I just keep trying to help my team win."

Smith is the son of former Lakeland College star receiver Seitu Smith Sr. and they share many similarities, from their physical talents to their focus on academics. The younger Smith currently holds a 3.5 GPA and his academic work reflects his current offer list, one that includes Harvard and Navy.

"I would describe myself as determined, hard working, fast and intelligent," added Smith. "And I place a very high priority on academics. That stems from my parents, and they have been preaching grades to me since I started school."

In addition to his offers from Harvard and Navy, Smith is also hearing from Central Michigan, Utah, Boston College, North Carolina, Yale and Wisconsin.

"I've talked to the coaches at Central Michigan over the phone a few times, and they came and saw me during the summer, but I haven't heard from them in awhile," added Smith. "I'll probably leave my decision open until around signing day though, and I still need to take my visits. I know for sure that I'm going to go to the Harvard vs. Yale game and take a visit then, but I haven't planned any others yet. I'm just looking for a school with a high prestige and a place that can prepare me for life after football."

Smith is looking at a potential major in mechanical engineering or law. Last season he caught 29 passes for 401 yards and 4 touchdowns, while also notching 25 tackles and 4 interceptions on defense. This season he has taken a larger role, and has even played some running back as they have made a priority to get the ball in his hands. He was named one of Broward County's wide receivers of the week in week 7 after grabbing 3 passes for 128 yards and 1 touchdown.

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