4-Star S C.J. Smith Commits To Florida Gators

    Four-star safety C.J. Smith has pledged to Florida. The in-state native becomes the third commitment in the program's 2018 class.

    March 28, 2017

    Four-star safety C.J. Smith has pledged to Florida. The in-state native becomes the third commitment in the program’s 2018 class.


    Palm Beach County native Ja’Juan Seider is making himself comfortable at Florida.

    The new running backs coach for the Gators was the lead recruiter for C.J. Smith, a Class of 2018 recruit from West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy who pledged to UF on Tuesday morning. It comes on the heels of the program landing its third commitment from the Class of 2019 on Saturday.

    The South Florida native Smith, who is one of the better safeties in the country, is athletic, rangy and could play regularly at either safety position. He plays well both in coverage and run support, and he held scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Michigan and Oklahoma, among others.

    The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is the third commit in the 2018 class, joining Jalynn Williams and Divaad Wilson in the cycle. There is a chance that this ’18 class could grow in the coming weeks if some of the staff’s highly sought recruits pledge to UF after taking in the team’s spring game next weekend.

    Jim McElwain and Co. are coming off of back to back SEC East championships, with the former Alabama OC and Colorado State head coach compiling a 19-8 mark in his two seasons in Gainesville. Defense has not been a problem under his watch, but offense most certainly has been the last couple of seasons. While bringing in top defensive talent is essential to keeping the program competitive in the SEC, McElwain and his staff need to improve the other side of the ball if the Gators want to be legitimate College Football Playoff contenders. We’ll see if some high-profile offensive prospects join Smith and Co. in this ’18 class before next year’s National Signing Day.

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