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Smith, Bailey choose West Virginia

While there is a long way to go before his final decision is made, Eugene Smith of Miramar at least let everyone know where his mind is today.

One of the top quarterback prospects ever in Broward County announced Monday that he made a soft verbal commitment to attend West Virginia University along with teammate, receiver Steadman Bailey, who has been as impressive as any over the past two years.

Originally leaning toward West Virginia after his sophomore year, Smith had the opportunity to visit Morgantown over the weekend, and despite upcoming trips to USF and LSU, he is comfortable with the choice.

“I had the chance to go up and take in everything for myself,” said Smith. “It’s a huge decision to make, and while I will never cement anything, this certainly feels right.”

Rumors that Smith was on his way to the University of Michigan to remedy the Wolverines’ elite quarterback woes were never true. Boston College and FSU had also been in the mix, but with everything falling into place the next few years, it was West Virginia that grabbed his attention.

Smith had been looked at by schools from Alabama to Oregon, Louisville and Clemson as well.

He joins 12 South Floridians in Morgantown including Quinton Andrews, DB, 5-11, 206, Jr., Monsignor Pace; Alric Arnett, WR, 6-2, 180, Jr., Glades Central; Jarrett Brown, QB, 6-4, 220, Jr., Palm Beach Lakes; Uriah Grant, DL, 6-2, 265, Fr., Everglades; Scott Kozlowski, P, 6-0, 190, Sr., Royal Palm Beach; Ja'tavious Miller, LB, 6-1, 210, Fr., Pahokee; Mike Poitier, RB, 5-8, 165, Jr., St. Thomas; Robert Sands, S, 6-6, 205, Fr., Carol City; Eain Smith, DB, 6-0, 190, Fr., Chaminade-Madonna; Joshua Taylor, DL, 6-2, 258, Fr., Miramar; J.T. Thomas, LB, 6-1, 220, So., Ely and Jorge Wright, DL, 6-3, 26o, Fr., Dr. Krop.

LARRY BLUSTEIN
Lblustein@Miami Herald.com

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