Florida State Basketball: PF Jarquez Smith Picks the Seminoles

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IOctober 14, 2012

Picture From CBSSports.com
Picture From CBSSports.com

Jarquez Smith, a 6'9" power forward from Gray, Georgia, committed to the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday, according to Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com.

Smith picked the Seminoles after visiting Tallahassee over the weekend. The talented power forward had offers from several Division-I schools including Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, South Carolina and Clemson.

"The reason I liked them was the coaches, the academics, the atmosphere and the players," Smith told Jeff Borzello. "Coach Hamilton wants me because I can help score, bring energy and block shots."

Smith is considered the 23rd-best power forward and the 96th-best player in the 2013 class by 247Sports.com.

ESPN says of the 4-star prospect, "Smith is a great looking young prospect with surprising skill level. He has shown the ability to play as a face-up 4-man with range out to the 3-point line and is improving his back-to-the-basket skill set."

Smith averaged 8.6 points, seven rebounds and 4.2 blocks a game last year as a junior at Jones County High School.

This is FSU's second commitment in two days. 4-star shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes picked the Seminoles over UConn and Illinois Saturday.

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton is putting together another strong recruiting class for 2013. Hamilton is making the Seminoles into one of the most elite programs in the ACC.

Look to Florida State to go after a wing to close out the recruiting class.