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Four-star safety Smith enjoys FSU visit, planning return trip

One of the most highly sought after safety prospects in the country, Sylvester Smith took an unofficial visit to FSU earlier this week. The rising junior from Munford (Ala.) High got a chance to meet the FSU coaching staff in person for the first time since being offered by the Seminoles in February.

“I got a chance to do everything,” said Smith of his visit. “I took pictures and got to meet all the coaches. It was a pretty good day.” 

Smith is considered a four-star prospect and is ranked as the 7th-best safety in the class of 2023 and the 93rd-best overall prospect in the country. His list of offers already included Georgia, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma and Penn State just to name a few.

One thing FSU does have going for it in Smith’s recruitment is the relationship with Seminoles’ graduate assistant Tre’ Bell.

“Coach Bell recruited me when he was at Mississippi State and he was one of my favorites,” said Smith. “When he came over to Florida State, I got in touch with Coach (Marcus) Woodson. Me and Coach Bell have that bond ever since he was recruiting me at Mississippi State, so it was really good. We talk all the time.” 

Smith said he was excited about seeing the coaches in-person, especially Bell and Woodson.

“It’s exciting because I got to see them in person, but it’s no different than it was on FaceTime because those guys are genuine and real,” said Smith.

Smith already held FSU in high regard prior to his visit and now is only more optimistic about possibly being a Seminole after his visit.

“Now that I’ve visited, I feel a whole lot better getting to see the campus and see all the things that would be in store for me if I chose to come to Florida State,” said Smith.

Smith indicated that he doesn’t have a group of schools or a school that stands out as a favorite at this time. However, Smith was so impressed with his visit this week that he plans to return to Tallahassee for a second visit in late July once the NCAA dead period ends and unofficial and official visits are allowable again.

Pat Burnham contributed to this article. Player ratings and position rankings courtesy of 247Sports.