SWD’s Terrance Smith commits to Florida State

Southwest DeKalb’s star outside linebacker Terrance Smith committed to Florida State on Sunday.

Smith said he hadn’t really planned to commit this early. It just kind of happened that way.

Terrance Smith chose Florida State over Alabama and Clemson on Sunday.

Terrance Smith chose Florida State over Alabama and Clemson on Sunday.

“Yeah, it happened pretty quick,” said Smith, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound rising senior who is considered a top 20 prospect in the state. “Me and my mom had been talking about it a lot lately and we just decided to go ahead and do it.

Late March is not generally considered a now-or-never time on the recruiting calendar. But Smith felt strongly enough about the Seminoles that he didn’t want to take a chance on missing an opportunity to play for them.

“I’d been thinking about it a while,” said Smith, who delivered the news to FSU assistant Dameyune Craig about 2 p.m. Sunday. “It was between Alabama and Florida State. Florida State has a limited amount of scholarships. I decided I was going to secure my spot while it was still there.”

The Seminoles are indeed tight on scholarships, and the ones they have been going fast. Smith is No. 11 for first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher. There currently is room for only 12 new players next season.

It’s not like Smith didn’t have any other choices. He had more than a dozen offers, including Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida State.

And there was pressure to go in some other directions. Smith’s parents are both Clemson alums. His late father, Terry Smith, played wide receiver for the Tigers. Meanwhile, teammates Ken Malcome and T.J. Stripling are Georgia signees and Marcques Dixon and Jonathan Mincy signed last month with with Tennessee and Auburn, respectively.

Smith has heard from all of them.

“Oh yeah,” he said with a laugh. “I thought about playing with them in the SEC. But I just felt like I’d have a better opportunity to play early at Florida State. Everybody’s happy with my decision. Everybody supported me.”

Smith said he visited the Seminoles for their last junior day on Feb. 20 and was really blown away. He talked about really liking Fisher, who coached Smith’s cousin Stephen Davis at Auburn, and forming a tight bond with Dameyune Craig, the assistant who recruited him.

“I’m pretty relieved,” he said of making the decision. “Having to go through the whole recruiting process is pretty grueling. Knowing where I am going to go is a great relief.”

That said, Sunday’s commitment won’t likely shut down recruiting completly for Smith.

“I might take a couple more visits but nothing serious,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I’m completely done with the recruiting process but pretty much.”

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March 28th, 2010
11:48 pm

free shoes

March 28th, 2010
11:51 pm



March 28th, 2010
11:58 pm

Good luck young man…playing in an inferior league…the ACC vs SEC..give me a break.

Red Dog 77

March 29th, 2010
12:20 am

Good luck, and God Bless young man…………Stand tall, don’t let a soul give you a hard time for your choice of schools. I am a Georgia Bulldog, and while having you in RED and BLACK would have been great for us, this is about you ! The key to your success, will depend on how you apply yourself, playing football and getting a good education is hard work. Remember one thing, and you will be fine, study hard, utilize your tutors, live a clean life, put God first in your life, and if you can manage that, football will be a breeze ! Best Regards, RED


March 29th, 2010
12:29 am

Douglas, why so much hate? Just be a standup guy and wish the kid the best of luck at FSU. Some people just never get the memo!


March 29th, 2010
1:00 am

He may not be playing in a superior league. But he is playing for a superior program….two national titles that young people were alive to witness. 10+ straight top 5 finishes, multiple heisman winners and NFL All Stars….you know FSU will be back one day. Im glad GT plays in the Coastal.


March 29th, 2010
1:16 am

Yet ANOTHER big time recruit that UGA wanted going to another school!!!!

- UGA has peaked
- will never get by Florida
- Blown out by the VOLS 3 of the last 4 years
- Richt is damaged goods – kids think he has peaked.
- FSU, AUB and TN seen as real opporunity – teams that are – or will be on the way up.

Donnan vs SEC EAST 14-11
Richt (last 5 years) 14-11

Donnan overall vs SEC 25-15
Richt overall last 5 years – 26-14 (27-14 counting 2005 SEC win over LSU)

Donnan took over for GOFF – discount his first year – look at his last FOUR years when he got a chance to get it going:

DONNAN – LAST 4 years – vs SEC EAST 13-7
Richt – LAST 4 yeas – vs SEC EAST 10-10

DONNAN – LAST 4 years overall SEC: 22-10
RICHT – Last 4 years overall SEC: 20-12

SO WHAT???????????????????????????????????
Donnan took over a program that was truly mediocre – needed talent – and his last 4 years – out performed Richts last 4 years.

Do you really think Richt will turn the tables on Urban???

Look at how UGA is losing IN-STATE BIG TIME recruits!!!!!
RICHT went CEO on you – and forgot that he is a COACH!!!

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seminole Pride

March 29th, 2010
1:23 am

I would bet FSU would have beaten UGA the last few years – as mediocre as we have been – and dealing with KING BOBBY – I would have liked our chances against GEORGIA

Funny – I used to WANT Richt to be HC at FSU. But seeing how the UGA program has slid back into the SEC pack. I am very glad we got JIMBO!!!!

Like Bowden – Richt is coaching as if he in ENTITLED – and the program results speak for themselves. SABAN and URBAN – you know who the HC is – they are hands on – and they coach to win National Titles – and coach with urgency and make NO excuses.

Richt??? give me a break – NO urgency – BORING!!!!


March 29th, 2010
2:29 am

Kid is a freak… Probably going to be the next derrik brooks or andre bowldware.. His former teamates did a good job selling UGA

Oak Island Dawg

March 29th, 2010
5:53 am

I use to be a strong Richt supporter but I’m starting to agree with a lot of people who think we need to go in another direction.

Lighten up Douglas

March 29th, 2010
6:09 am

Inferior league? Give me a break. Just because UGA sucks doesn’t mean you have to bad talk the whole ACC. ACC is a good conference, maybe not SEC good, but good regardless. BTW, the Gators and Bama where the only two teams good last year so don’t give me that SEC is the best crap.


March 29th, 2010
6:34 am

vols rule you are an idiot. This kid is not even on our board of running backs. We are stacked at the position and will only sign no more than 2 running backs. We will go hard after Isaiah Crowell who is the top back in the state. I did not even hear about this guy until now and Im sure you didn’t either. how do you know he will be a big time recruit. if he is who cares? We signed like 9 kids from florida last year. does that mean florida state is failing in recruiting? we obviously feel there are more elite running backs to go after


March 29th, 2010
7:03 am

chris …The article says he plays outside linebacker. Where does running back come from?

Big L

March 29th, 2010
7:06 am

Really, lighten up. Then why did the best ACC teams get beat by third and fourth place SEC teams last year? It’s because there is a vast difference between SEC bad and ACC bad. Dawgs beat ACC Chumps , Klemsun gets roughed up by the Cocks. Hurts don’t it, to be slapped with tue inferiority hand.


March 29th, 2010
7:14 am

Good pick to go to play at FSU. He can play sooner at FSU because the crimson tide is loaded at linebacker position. Good luck in the future and beat tech!! RTR


March 29th, 2010
7:15 am

Chris – The facts speak for themselves – Donnan’s numbers over his last 4 years are better than Richts.

This kid is being recruited as an OLB – not RB.

The reason why UGA is dipping into Florida is that there is NO EXCITEMENT to attend UGA.

IN STATE recruits are looking at FLORIDA, FSU, AUBURN, ALABAMA, TENNESSEE, CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA TECH and even KENTUCKY as well as OHIO STATE, USC, STANFORD and other schools equally or more so than in state GEORGIA. Why? because UGA lost their competitiveness under RICHT and has slid back to the pack.

LOOK at the numbers – DONNAN’s last 4 years at UGA were better than RICHT’s – and he got fired. NEW COACHES breed excitement – and change things up – give new blood – a fresh look – RICHT is STALE.

This reminds me so much of FULMER and TENNESSEE. FULMER was very successful – chronic top 10 – fighting FLORIDA for the SEC EAST and winning a NATIONAL TITLE – but he went CEO on us with his coaching style – less direct and less hands on. TENNESSEE slipped and teams like UGA passed us and South Carolina narrowed the GAP.

NOW RICHT has done the same thing – TENNESSEE has BLOWN OUT UGA 3 of th elast 4 years. FLORIDA has left us all in the dust. UGA was totally outplayed by SC and will get beat by them this year. UGA is in the pack fighting – but not at the top.

Dawg Tired

March 29th, 2010
7:37 am

Sounds like this one may not be over. Another non-binding “commitment.” Oxymoronic.

Note to VOLS RULE: You think you know more than you do. I suppose you thought Kiffin was a good guy. I also assume that taught you nothing about how blind one gets by seeing everything through that ugly orange tint.

German Shepherd Dawg

March 29th, 2010
7:39 am

Anybody who has to emphasize EVERY point he tries to make with all CAPS is immature, and trying to provoke more intelligent people with stupid comments.

You have an unproven coach with a losing record after your honey-bunny Lane ran off to coach USC….though I admit I do look forward to that program receiving the death penalty after all the cheating Orgeron and Kiffin have done.

Your school hired a coach with no integrity and now suffers the consequence.

FSU people have not yet become as annoying as the UT hicks from the sticks, but you guys have no reason to talk smack either.

I will not yet respond to Alabama rednecks crowing about their day in the sun, but I will say what goes around, comes around. UGA is on the way back. The new “D” will make a huge difference.

Of course, with our old “D” from last year, there was nowhere to go but up.


March 29th, 2010
7:45 am

Theses Blogs have the stupidest folks in the world on them dang yall stupid

Hey Dogtards

March 29th, 2010
8:15 am

Douglas said “Good luck young man…playing in an inferior league…the ACC vs SEC..give me a break.”

The only real differences between the two are 1) the number of rednecks who will drive 100+ miles to watch football played by two schools they did not attend; and 2) Urban Meyer and Nick Saban. Les Miles won his championship by directly piggy-backing off of Saban’s program building.

The bottom of the conferences are not that different (Duke/Vandy), nor are the middles (ACC put 10 teams into bowl games two years ago). The only big difference is the one or two teams at the top of the conference are usually better. That’s it. Look at the top of the ACC (VT, Miami, GT, UNC, FSU, Clemson, BC, Wake) compared to about the same of the SEC (Fla, Bama, uga, UT, Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky). It’s not like the conference as a whole is that much better, its just really at the top. And that attendance thing. But that’s not gonna count for much when it comes to making you a better player.

Look at the NFL draft the past five years. The ACC has the most first rounders. Not the SEC. If the ACC were so inferior you’d think it would be the other way around. Hard to fault someone for picking the ACC when its more likely to make him a first round pick in the NFL.


March 29th, 2010
8:18 am

VolsRule….One thing to consider when trying to compare Richt to Donnan is the caliber of competition. The SEC wins the BCS every year now and the SEC is now FAR superior to any other conference. When Donnan was at UGA there were only a couple of great teams, whereas now almost every team in the SEC could win the ACC. (Just put the ACC “thng” in there to piss off the Tech fans.)


March 29th, 2010
8:36 am

Georgia is a fertile recruiting ground for college football recruiting and UGA has failed to sign many of the state’s best players over the recent years. Because of growth of metropoltan Atlanta, Atlanta has had the best high school football programs in the state over the past two decades. This has been both a blessing and a curse for UGA. Statistics show more people living in metro Atlanta are from outside the state than those born in GA. Many parents of recruits are from AL., SC., TN or other parts of the country and have come to Atlanta for jobs. I would dare say not many people are relocating to AL, SC, and LA for better job opportunity. Recruits living in AL or SC have stronger family ties to there state schools than many recruits living in Atlanta and UGA has suffered from this.

Proud Mom

March 29th, 2010
8:39 am

Boy Chris, don’t you feel really smart? Where did you go to school…LOL


March 29th, 2010
8:44 am



LIFE IS GOOD, HUH !!!!!!!!!!


March 29th, 2010
8:55 am



March 29th, 2010
9:00 am

Well, where do I start.

jackhammer, you around?


March 29th, 2010
9:02 am

Hey Dogtards and the rest of you ACC losers…when is the last time an ACC team won the NC? Enough said.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 29th, 2010
9:24 am

good point Douglas- kid sounds good, should be a good addition to FSU. Dawgs can’t get them all and besides we have our sights set for other players. Atlanta just has way too much talent- which is a good thing.


March 29th, 2010
9:30 am

Douglas, you are an angry young lady. Chill.


March 29th, 2010
9:42 am

Pago Flyer

March 29th, 2010
9:43 am

Word on the street….UGA really didn’t recruit this kid 100%.


March 29th, 2010
9:44 am

Douglas, Which conference has produced more NFL players? Surprisingly, it’s the ACC. While the SEC maybe a better league, the ACC seems to be better at preparing it’s players for the NFL. If you were a recruit who wants to play in the NFL which conference schools would you look at? A smart person would research and discover the surprising truth about the ACC.


March 29th, 2010
9:47 am

Looks like VOLSRULE and Seminole Pride used the same format to blast the Coach Richt! Could they be one and the same?

The Honarable Yellow Fuzz

March 29th, 2010
9:54 am

I’ve been banned from uga blog. Does anyone miss me??

Monticello Dawg

March 29th, 2010
9:56 am

Wishful thinking, Dog bashers. Don’t let your envy of UGA distort your thinking. Richt has made the staff adjustments necessary to get us back to the top of the SEC. Richt’s “down years” are better than the records of the “up and coming” teams mentioned by some posters on hear.

The Honarable Yellow Fuzz

March 29th, 2010
9:58 am

Enter your comments here

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 29th, 2010
10:10 am

I have to agree with you WOW, there are some really stupid people on this blog. Makes me laugh when every time a GA kid doesn’t go to UGA then all the haters come out with how bad the dawgs are falling.

LOL (30-24) We run this state.


March 29th, 2010
10:28 am

Rome Dog – you make a very good point – but let’s look at it a little closer.

In the SEC EAST – during the Donnan years – both Florida and Tennessee were at their height of program history – both perenial top 10 – if not top 5. Tennessee won a National Title!!! UGA would have been one of the better teams in the SEC WEST – although I think Auburn had your number…. but UGA had to deal with two (2) TOP 10 teams in your own division. GT was very strong under O’Leary as well.

So Donnan actually had it harder than Richt – coming into a more competitve situation in the SEC EAST – and his main OOC rival – GT – was clicking and nationally a player…. and the talent level and moral at UGA was low.

When Richt took over – Spurrier left Florida – and Zook came in. Fulmer and Tennessee had peaked – and was starting to slide back into the pack. So it was easier for RICHT to win the SEC EAST. He had the talent in place when he arrived.

Richt seems to have peaked – in 2005. Hey, it’s not that UGA has sucked – they are a good program – but during the 1990’s – we never really feared UGA – except for Robert Edwards!

When Richt got UGA going – we feared UGA.

Since 2006 – after Shockly left – we knew UGA would rebuild with a freshman QB – but never feared them – and still don’t. UGA never got back to the level of 2002 – 2005. Those teams – we feared!!!!

Hey – I think UGA will kick our BUTTS in 2010….. not because UGA is all that – it’s becasue TENNESSEE is bottoming out. Again, UGA is low hanging fruit to pass along the way to reach Florida and ALABAMA.

Hey – one thing we have in common is we BOTH HATE FLORIDA!!!

IF TENNESSEE can not win the SEC EAST – I would much rather see GEORGIA win it than FLORIDA.

All I am saying is that if DONNAN had taken over during the same time that RICHT took over – with the same talent – I think DONNAN would have had the same results – and maybe have an better overall SEC record.


March 29th, 2010
10:48 am

Richt > Donnan You’re leaving out the fact that the SEC is a lot stronger conference now than it was under Donnan. Only UT is in worse shape.


March 29th, 2010
10:54 am

Vols Rule….its an unwritten law that any SEC team that gets their BUTT WHIPPED AT HOME BY WYOMING has no right to flap their gums for at least 5 years.


March 29th, 2010
10:55 am

Monticello Dawg – again good point.

But the issue is that Auburn fired Tubs – as the program was sliding. Tennessee fired Fulmer – as the program was sliding.
FSU finally got rid of the ENTITLED ONE – BOWDEN, who lost his effectiveness a few years ago – and had to be led to the exit door screaming as he was owed (give me a break)
Zook at FLorida was not bad – but not great – and they made a change. Heck, he had a winning record against Richt.

The changes bring a renewed focus, some excitement – some patience from Alum and fans – and a chance to build.

RECRUITS WANT TO BE A PART OF A PROGRAM WITH THE PROMISE OF BUILDING – which a new coach can bring……………………NOT to be a part of a program that is perceived as SLIDING – or deemed that has PEAKED – like what the rest of the nation thinks of RICHT and UGA.

That’s the point – once you slide – it is tough to get back on top. UGA could have a big year – who the heck knows what will happen – but I do know this:
Get beat at Columbia – Richt will lose a lot of support
Get beat at Columbia and by Petrino – Richt will be in serious trouble.

Win in Columbia – UGA may be undefeated come cocktail party – which I hope you win this year – and knock the smirk off Urban’s face.

Hey, I was a huge FULMER fan – but I saw what was happening at TENNESSEE. He built the program into an ELITE player – and slid back to merely being good and sometimes we looked very poor. A change was needed. I see the same thing happening at UGA with RICHT – UGA has been passed by FLORIDA, ALABAMA, LSU, – on par with Ole Miss – Kentucky has won 2 of the last 4 – a mediocre TENNESSEE has blown out UGA 3 of the last 4 years. This is not what UGA fans expect from their proud program. This is soooooo similar to what happened at TENNESSEE!!!


March 29th, 2010
11:10 am

naganole – good debate – as the SEC WEST is now tougher than when Donnan coached thanks to LSU and more recently ALABAMA.

But the SEC EAST is weaker now than when Donnan coached. Remember, FLORIDA and TENNESSEE – both top 5 programs when DONNAN coached. Georgia is NO BETTER now – maybe even a little worse – than DONNAN’s teams:
Donnans last 4 years in the SEC EAST – 13-7
Richt’s last 4 years in the SEC EAST – 10-10 (while TENNESSEE has been down – which you mentioned and sucks for me)

As we rotate SEC WEST schedules – the only true comparison is looking at your COMMON opponents – in this case – your common division – the SEC EAST. Donnan has the better record over the last 4 years when the SEC EAST was a better league.


March 29th, 2010
11:15 am

Good luck Mr.Smith, playing at FSU should be an honor. I think the thing that I took from th eyoung man’s statements was playing time early on. He would not have gotten that at LINEBACKER at BAMA. Good luck to all of the recruits and all of the SEC teams. RTR


March 29th, 2010
11:20 am

VolsRule, I agree with much of your previous post, but there are some things I completely disagree with. UGA had a horrible year last year (8-5), which at some schools is acceptable. We lost our starting QB, RB, WR in the ‘09 draft. That’s a ton of production lost in a short period of time. Not to mention our most glaring problem, the defense, has a new leader with a new found excitement. The next 2 seasons UGA plays an inferior schedule, so UGA will be back on top. Richt has created lofty expectations and for the most part has delivered in his 9 years. Nothing has changed, college football moves in cycles, you never know who is going to be on top.

For all those claiming UGA is on the downward slope, go ahead and kick us why we are down b/c come Fall UGA will re-emerge. I gaurantee all those UGA haters will be hard to find once the Dawgs starting winning again. Richt and Co. are out to prove something this season. So keep bashing while you can b/c UGA isn’t going anywhere. This is our state

Dookie Dawg

March 29th, 2010
11:20 am

VolsRule – most fans included myself – see our teams with rose colored glasses.

If you would have questioned all UGA fans as to which coach had the better SEC EAST record over the last 4 years in comparison – I would bet the majority of fans would have said RICHT had the better record – myself included.

Richts 10-10 SEC East Record – well is mediocre. However, we still finish toward the top of the league – and these things come in cycles. IF ….. and this is a BIG IF….. UGA wins at Columbia, beats Arkansas – we should be undefeated going into the FLORIDA game. We should reach a new years day bowl – and this will help recruiting and ignite an UP cylcle for UGA.

Tennessee will bottom out in 2010 – and could be in trouble for a few years – will be real interesting to watch this program. Can UGA and TENNESSEE ever challange Florida with Urban – or are we praying for a coaching change in Gainesville??? One of us needs to step up to the plate and kick some GATOR TAIL!!! I just assume it be UGA!!!

Coach Urbie

March 29th, 2010
11:22 am

It is great to be hated by the SEC East.


March 29th, 2010
11:33 am

No way he committed to F$U, he is a Bama Lock. As for as F$U beating UGA, F$U can’t even beat Tech, so that is a delusional statement. Its been 10 years since FSU was above average, kids entering college in 2011 were 7 years old for the most part and can’t remember that FSU. Yeah, they will be back soon, just like their fans were forecasting an ACC championship in 09. Congrats to the kid, he is going where he thinks he can play early, which wasn’t at UGA, GT or Bama.

Can You Dig It

March 29th, 2010
11:34 am

Hey VolsRule since when do you know sh_t about coaching or college football? Do you not realize that the majority of Georgia and Richt supporters do not hang out on this blog and try to analyze every move he makes.Are you that much of a self centered ass to think that they actually care what you think. Tennessee fired Fulmer because it listened to idiots like you and look where it got them…the laughing stock of the SEC when they hired Kiffen. And now your program is years away from competing for an SEC championship.You make a comment “what the rest of the nation and SEC thinks of Richt and UGA”. I’ll tell you what they think..that Richt is a class act…he’s loyal to his coaches and players and he’s smart enough to make a coaching change when one is needed….He doesn’t make knee jerk decisions based on comments from idiots like you…… And most importantly….his teams play hard every game with class. You don’t see the Georgia players trying to stick their fingers through their opponents facemasks to try and poke their eyes out. Do you understand the difference between a losing season and a down year?…I don’t think so based on your comments. I bet you wish Tennessee would have had a down year with an 8-5 record. Your team has enough problems without you coming on the Georgia blog trying tell us what problems the Georgia program has. Go back to the hills and get behind your team ….they need idiots like you. There’s not enough ink to list all of the problems with the Vols football program right now. Do you know how to get back on top in the SEC? You don’t change coaches because you had one or two years that did’nt meet your expectation level, you make adjustments and stay the course…. Please stay off this Georgia blog….we don’t want you or need you on here. Can You Dig It!


March 29th, 2010
11:38 am

John – believe me, I know a thing or two about being in a down cycle – and we are in one at Tennessee – I agree with the pundits out there that we will hit bottom in 2010 – but, we all hope for the best.

UGA has hit a down cycle of sorts as well – 10 – 10 in the sec east is not good.

However, down cycles happen due to player replenishment, development and coaching. UGA has not replenished well – meaning your depth was not as good as it should have been – and the coaching did drop off. These are facts – recruiting and coaching has not been as good at UGA in recent years – and this is what causes coaches to be given the chance to “FIND NEW OPPORTUNITIES”.

I personally like RICHT -wish him well except against Tennessee. I do not like Spurrier or Urban. I also like Fulmer – but he was a victim of his own success – and the program became stale under his leadership as we dropped back into the parity pool. UGA is very much in danger of the same.

BIG BIG year for your program- will be fun to watch. As stated – get a win in Columbia – get by Arkansas – and UGA get’s some momentum that it really needs right now.

As for Tennessee – it could ge ugly for us next year – but I think we all know this – and let’s hope CDD will get us going in the right direction.

ONe last thing – Urban and SABAN are both extremely hands on coaches – control freaks….but look at their success. Richt made the same mistake that Fulmer did – became less hands on – delegated too much – turn into a “CEO” style coach – and both programs were not able to maintain running with the ELITE. They thought that they “evolved” as head coaches – but in reality – they got away from what put them on top to begin with. Not too late for Richt – but the similarities are striking.

The Hurt Locker

March 29th, 2010
11:38 am

Good post Dig It! Its claer that VolsRule has a demented view of college football and the SEC. I’ll bet he would rather climb a tree and tell a lie than stand on the ground and tell the truth. Its clear he’s full of himself and needs to go back to the hills.