Florida State’s good fortunes continued on Monday evening when Miami (Fla.) Central three-star offensive lineman Maurice Smith switched his commitment from Boston College to the Seminoles.
“It’s the right fit for me,” Smith told Noles247.com on Monday evening. “I fit their offense.”
Head coach Willie Taggart played a big role in his decision, as did assistants Telly Lockette, his primary recruiter, and Greg Frey, his future offensive line coach.
“He’s a good person. He has a mindset that we’re going to [the playoffs] next year. He has confidence in me,” Smith said. “Coach Telly and Frey had confidence in me since day one.”
His full commitment tweet can be found below.
— Maurice Smith (@RocboyReese) December 18, 2018
Smith officially visited FSU this past weekend, along with his mother.
“It was a great visit,” Smith told Noles247.com after the visit. “Those were some great coaches. Some of the coaches I didn’t know. Coach Taggart, he’s a great coach. He’s a cool dude and he believes in me. He feels that I can make a difference in the program.”
Lockett and Frey did a great job with Smith during his weekend visit.
“Coach Telly Lockette and coach Frey they were both great to me this weekend. Coach Frey, he’s a very great coach. You can tell because when he sits down to talk about football, he gets very serious about it. No joking around when it comes to football.”
He is a talented interior lineman whose future could be at center or guard for the Seminoles. He shared what he heard from Frey about his future on FSU’s offensive line.
“He wants me to come in and execute. Wants me to get stronger and bigger. From day one, I’ve got to get bigger and I’ll be straight from there. He says I have all the fundamentals and technique down I just need to get stronger and I’ll go from there.”
He is looking forward to being a part of the program.
“The main thing he was telling was to join the program and to make it great again,” Smith recounted on his talk with head coach Willie Taggart. “Let’s get to that national championship like we need to. He wants and loves Dade County guys like me. He says he wants me to come in and start and set the tone. From there it will be history.”
He is the second offensive lineman to commit to the Seminoles on the day and the third in the 2019 class. He joins three-star junior college offensive tackle Jay Williams, who committed earlier on Monday, and four-star offensive guard Dontae Lucas, a long-time pledge.
Smith is set to sign on Wednesday and will enroll this coming summer.
The 247Sports.com Composite Rankings consider him the No. 56 offensive guard in the nation.
Noles247.com’s Zach Blostein contributed to this report