Florida four-star pledge sees negativity, but still locked in

Oct 26, 2021 | 0 comments

After losing two pledges in the last week alone, you can't blame Florida fans if they are a bit apprehensive to read an update on one of the Gators' four-star commits.

Since committing to UF four months ago, Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore wide receiver CJ Smith‍ has been on campus multiple times and stays in constant contact with the Gators' staff.

"Coach G [Billy Gonzales] and Coach [Dan] Mullen reach out multiple times a week," said Smith. "Their message is really that they need speed like mine and that this upcoming wide receiver class is going to be unstoppable."

Unfortunately, much like with former commits Shemar James‍ and Julian Humphrey‍, other programs are still in contact.

"Yeah some other programs reach out every now and then," said Smith, "but I still feel they can’t offer me more than what Florida already has. This is the program for me and I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon."

With things quickly going south on the field and in recruiting, of course, an increasing portion of the Gator Nation is showing their frustration on social media.

It is something that is impossible for the Class of 2022 to get away from. However, Smith understands the dynamic of a fanatical fanbase and it isn't something that negatively impacts him.

"The stuff on social media doesn’t impact me at all," explained Smith. "I know fans are gonna say bad stuff about their team when they, lose but they also say great things when they win. It’s just something you got to look past and only see what you want to see, not what others see."

Despite the 'noise' in the system and interest from other programs, Smith is locked in with the Orange & Blue.

"My recruitment is done, no more visits, no more nothing," said Smith. "I’m planning, as of now, to early in role in January to get this chapter in my life started."

Smith is the No. 223 rated prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

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