Smith has said he is trying to pave his own path and didn't let where his father attended school influence his decision. Smith is the No. Florida has a unique edge because it's his father's alma mater. 96 recruit in the ESPN 300. Smith is creating his own path. He’d be going into an offense that likes to run the football, but wouldn’t be opposed to splitting him out as a receiver, either. Smith said. NFL MVP watch: Who can catch Russell Wilson? His father hasn't pushed him one way or another, but the two often spend time watching film and the younger Smith soaks in all he can from his father, the leading rusher in NFL history. Analysts and publishers from the Rivals network take a closer look at where one of the most sought-after athletes in the country will land. Top recruit Caleb Williams was able to enjoy the last week off the field with his final high school homecoming and All-American Bowl jersey presentation. Four-star running back EJ Smith announced his commitment to Stanford on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. He visited again for the Notre Dame game and then found out he was admitted to the university, putting the Cardinal in a very strong position to earn his commitment. He also has saved an official visit to attend Stanford's Big Visit in January, which is another strong indicator of his interest. "He can give me things my high school coaches can't and being able to pick his brain is great.". Houstan could potentially decide by the beginning of his high school season next month. "It's really been a turning point in my maturity because I've had to make this decision on my own, unless I needed help from my dad. Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith reacts to his son E.J. At 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, Smith is taller and leaner than his dad, but runs with the same type of vision and patience that helped Emmitt become the NFL's all-time leading rusher. McGowens decommitted from Florida State on October 8 and the Seminoles remain in contention. Smith made official visits to Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M and Ohio State thus far. "However, with Smith’s decision right around the corner, I think it’s safe to say Florida is likely trailing right now. ", - Mike Farrell, Rivals.com National Recruiting Director. Stanford now has five ESPN 300 commitments in the 2020 class, with Smith joining five-star offensive tackle Myles Hinton, receivers John Humphreys and Bryce Farrell and cornerback Ayden Hector. SI All-American continues its latest football feature, Freak of the Week, highlighting the top high school football prospect performances nationally. ", SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH TEXAS A&M FANS AT AGGIEYELL.COM, "EJ Smith will likely pick Texas A&M. E.J. Smith, son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. Ohio State, too, is in need of a second back in this 2020 class and the Buckeyes love how productive Smith can be in the passing game. 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He didn't feel pressure to go to Florida, because his father allowed him to go through the process on his own and make his own choice. All rights reserved. Smith helped lead his team to the quarterfinals in the Texas State Playoffs before losing to Westfield. Smith's older sister also attends Texas A&M. Smith is regarded as one of the best running backs of all-time. You have come to the ESPN Africa edition, for other ESPN editions, click above. That acceptance into such a prestigious academic school was just too much for other schools to overcome. "God put somebody in my life that can help with a sport that I truly enjoy and love, and just having a person that has excelled in football in my corner is a great feeling," Smith said. The Stanford Cardinal made a splash on the first day of the early signing period Wednesday by getting a commitment from running back E.J. E.J. (1:12). committing to Stanford over his alma mater of Florida. The two favorites to land Emmitt Smith's son, E.J. Your account has an invalid email address. Senior football prospect Seydou Traore is an England native chasing his college football dreams in Florida. The Dawgs love Smith's versatility as a runner and a potential pass-catcher out of the backfield. 22, and there is something eerily familiar of seeing Smith approach the line of scrimmage, pick a lane and burst through it towards the end zone.
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