Latest UCF commit Tre'quan Smith talks about his decision

Orlando Sentinel

Tre’quan "Tre" Smith heard exactly what he wanted to hear from the UCF coaching staff during his recruitment. So much so that Smith said it was a pretty easy decision to join UCF’s 2014 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Delray Beach Vlllage Academy wide receiver committed to the Knights on Thursday and he was quite comfortable with his choice.

“I feel really excited about it and I want to get up there right now and be part of the group, part of the family,” Smith said, mentioning quite a bit about UCF’s family atmosphere, which sold him on the program.

 “I really like the football program. They talk a lot about the family there and it seems a lot like my school here at Village Academy,” he said. “It’s not just a team. We see each other as family. That’s how I see UCF in my eyes  and that’s what I like about the school.”

Smith, who is the fourth 2014 commitment in five days for the Knights, and fifth overall, was recruited to UCF by running backs coach Danny Barrett, whom he called Thursday to relay the news.

“He was really excited and happy and he was just saying how he was glad I’d be part of the family,” Smith said.

Barrett’s consistency in the recruiting process was something that also stood out for Smith.

“The thing that got my attention the most was their interest in me,” Smith said. “They’ve been with me since Day 1 and Coach Barrett has kept in contact with me. It wasn’t in and out like a lot of schools do.”

Smith also liked meeting head coach George O’Leary during one of his trips to Orlando.

“He’s a real character. He likes the make jokes and he’s a guy who you can really communicate with,” Smith said. “He’s just a guy that makes you laugh a lot.”

Smith, who was also considering Virginia Tech, Bowling Green, UMass and USF, plays both ways at the Village Academy, doubling as a cornerback on defense. Last season as a junior, he had 42 catches for 1,042 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense, and on defense he had 43 tackles with five interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

“I think of myself as a playmaker. I like to make the plays and be the guy out there who will get my team out of trouble,” Smith said. "I’m a go-getter and when the ball is in the air I believe it’s my job to go get it.”

He hasn’t been to the UCF campus since earlier this spring during one of the Knights junior days, but he plans to return to Orlando for another unofficial visit Wednesday.


UCF (5)

WR Chris Davis, 6-0, 180, Oviedo

RB C.J. Jones, 5-11, 180, Port Orange Atlantic

DE Sedrick King, 6-3, 209, Plant City

OT Wyatt Miller, 6-3, 280, Douglas (Ga.) Coffee

WR Tre’quan Smith, 6-3, 180, Delray Beach Village Academy


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