Quarterback prospect Weston Smith has been hearing from a number of college football programs over the last few months, mostly Ivy League schools, but he still hadn’t received an FBS scholarship offer. That all changed for the 6-foot-5 and 215-pound class of 2023 signal caller over the weekend after his performance in Steve Clarkson’s camp, The Quarterback Retreat, which was held in Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday.
Florida State became the first Power 5 program to offer Smith, who is from Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High School. Smith was one of 60 high school quarterbacks to compete in the two-day event. Several high-profile 2022 quarterback prospects participated in the camp, including FSU commit AJ Duffy. Clarkson’s camp cost $2,000 to attend and its alumni include current NFL quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson, among others.
Smith was more than a little excited to hear from FSU head coach Mike Norvell and spoke with the Osceola’s Dane Draper shortly after receiving the offer from the Seminoles.
“It means everything,” said Smith of his FSU offer. “I’ve been working really hard for the past couple of years, working with Steve Clarkson. And now, to finally get that offer, it just feels great.”
Smith recognizes that he is still in the early stages of his development and there is much improvement to be made coming out of Clarkson’s camp and heading into his junior season.
“I believe there’s always more you can do, but you can’t just dwell on the stuff you could’ve done,” said Smith. “You also have to appreciate the stuff you did well.”
Smith also told the Osceola that he feels the strong points of his game right now are his ability to extend plays behind the line of scrimmage by buying time in the pocket and his accuracy throwing the ball down field. He also says he knows he must work on getting faster in order to improve his mobility and his ability to become a greater threat in the quarterback run game.
The signal caller is unranked and unrated by 247Sports and Rivals. That is likely to change soon. And his offer list is just as likely to grow over the summer and fall with the added exposure he will get after receiving an FSU offer.
Dane Draper contributed to this article