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THE RECRUITING GUY: Orlando WR excited about recruiting process

by Richard Davenport | January 24, 2021 at 3:03 a.m.

University of Arkansas special teams coordinator Scott Fountain and receivers coach Kenny Guiton have been double-teaming speedy junior receiver CJ Smith.

"I've been mainly keeping in touch with Coach Fountain and the new wide receivers Coach Guiton," Smith said. "They've been keeping in touch with me around two to three times a week, so communication has been really good between us."

Smith, 6-3, 180 pounds, of Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore Catholic has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Penn State, South Carolina, West Virginia and Louisville among the 14.

Fountain has been talking to Smith for about two months.

"I like his personality and the way he really explains things to me about how Arkansas would really benefit me in the future and how I would benefit them in the future," Smith said.

Smith, who recorded 23 receptions for 361 yards and 4 touchdowns as a junior, didn't receive his first offer (from Central Florida) until last May and soon numerous others followed.

"I'm not going to lie, it's been really exciting," Smith said. "Last year around this time I would've never thought it would've been this exciting. I've learned it can be stressful at sometimes, but as long as I have the right mental state I'll be able to get through it.

"This is really exciting to me and my family that I have the opportunities to have a free education."

His play-making ability is enhanced by his outstanding speed. He reports running 20.8 seconds in the 200 meters and also ran 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters in December.

"My goal is to get to low 20s," Smith said of the 200 meters.

The NCAA dead period has been extended to April 15, but once it's lifted, Smith hopes to visit schools.

"As of right now definitely Arkansas, I'm still trying to talk over with my parents to see logistic wise what would be best," he said.

Smith desire to visit Fayetteville is because of the Hogs' communication.

"It's one of the main schools that's really been keeping in touch with me," Smith said.

Email Richard Davenport

at rdavenport@arkansasonline.com

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