South Carolina picked up some good news on Sunday afternoon when Florida running back Jamari Smith committed to the Gamecocks, according to Chris Clark from GamecockCentral.com.
Smith is an all-purpose running back from Neptune Beach, Fla. He currently stands 5'10" and weighs 195 pounds and runs a 4.40 40-yard dash, based on his 247sports.com profile.
Smith's commitment is an interesting one for the Gamecocks considering how well they were positioned with other running backs on the recruiting board like David Williams and Greg Bryant. Many thought Williams would eventually commit to Penn State, but South Carolina has maintained a strong position with him.
The same can be said about Bryant. He's currently committed to Oklahoma, but a recent visit to the Gamecocks had them in prime position to turn Bryant from the Sooners to the Gamecocks.
It appears, though, that Smith is the choice for the Gamecocks at the running back position. He's a 3-star recruit on Rivals.com and 247sports.com and is considered one of the top players in the state of Florida.
If you watch his highlight reel, you can see that he can be a very versatile player at the next level. He uses his quickness out of the backfield to get to the outside and make a big play. He can also be used in the slot and brought in motion on sweeps to take advantage of his speed. He has nice hands that can be utilized in the receiving game and a sturdy frame for a smaller running back.
Smith chose South Carolina over offers from schools like Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Kentucky. He is the 19th commitment for the Gamecocks in the 2013 recruiting class.