UCF-Auburn football bidding war continues with 3-star WR

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The offers for the recruiting class of 2022 are starting to pour out and head coach Bryan Harsin and his coaching staff are working hard to get top-notch athletes into the Auburn football program. Three-star wide receiver CJ Smith took to Twitter today to announce his top ten programs, counting Auburn and UCF among the bunch.

Smith, a native of Orlando, Florida, finished his 2020 season with 23 catches for 261 yards and four touchdowns. He also recorded four carries for 34 yards. In addition to football, Smith also runs track at Bishop Moore Catholic High School and has been capturing recruiters’ interest with his ability to cover 100 meters in just 10.9 seconds.

According to Yahoo News, his blazing speed comes up quite a bit when speaking with potential colleges, and though he knows there are aspects of his game he could improve upon he’s just happy that part of his skill set is getting him noticed:

"“No sir, not at all,” Smith said when asked if the constant mentioning of his speed was bothersome. “But I definitely want to get better at getting off the line, and then reading coverages. I had gotten really good at it, but after my injuries I kind of lost some knowledge that I can really gain back. There are a few routes that I can fix up, too, but the others I’m pretty good with.”"

Smith suffered an ACL tear his sophomore year but is back and ready to work harder than ever. The three-star prospect currently has upwards of 20 offers but has now narrowed it down to just 10 programs. Of the 10, he’s scheduled official visits to both Arkansas and Iowa State in June.

Though the Tigers offered CJ Smith a spot on the 2022 roster less than two weeks ago, Auburn football is right up there with the Florida schools trying to keep the talented receiver in his home state–Florida, Florida State, and UCF.

Smith speaks a lot on relationships when it comes to recruiting, and wants to end up at a school where he fits in well, so if Harsin and co. can get the wide receiver out to the Plains for a visit we might have another 2022 commit on our hands.

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