Smith breaks down why he committed to the Florida Gators

On Wednesday afternoon the Florida Gators picked up their ninth commitment of the 2021 class.

2021 athlete Brashard Smith (5-9, 177, Miami, FL. Palmetto) committed to the Gators after he talked with head coach Dan Mullen.

“I just like the school a lot, I talked to the coaches,” Smith said on why he committed to Florida. “I told Coach Mullen that I was committing, he was proud, he was happy and he asked when I was going to announce it.”

It isn’t just one coach that has been recruiting Smith hard as the entire Gators coaching staff has made him feel like a priority.

“It’s really all of them, they text me like everyday,” he said on his primary recruiter. “Coach [Greg] Knox text me a lot too. They want me at running back and some receiver too.”

Knox and the rest of the coaching staff has explained to Smith how the Gators plan to use him in the Florida offense.

“They told me that sometimes as a running back I will move out to receiver,” Smith said on how Florida sees him fitting into the offense. “They want me out wide to catch the ball some like they did with [Lamical] Perine this year.”

Smith who plays all over the field in high school says the Gators like several different things about his game.

“They like that I’m fast and catch out of the backfield,” he said on what the coaches like about him. “They like that I’m a versatile athlete.”

The athlete committed on Wednesday but Smith says he has known for a while that he wanted to attend Florida for college.

“I’ve always wanted to go there since I was little,” Smith said on why Florida was the choice for him. “After CJ Henderson went there, I’ve wanted to go there and play for Florida.”

The Gators hope that Smith is just the first of many Palmetto prospects that join the Gators in 2021 as four of Smith’s teammates have Florida offers already.

“I’m going to start recruiting them,” he said on recruiting his fellow Palmetto teammates. “I’m just going to tell them to come be a Gator.”

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.