4 Days Until Florida State Football: Keelin Smith, Cornerback

Keelin Smith is the 58th player profiled in this series of the players likely to impact Florida State's season. There are four days until FSU football. The list is not in any specific order.

Keelin Smith

6'3, 187 | RS-FR | Cornerback

Background

Three-star cornerback with great size and athleticism, who also could play safety...ranked the No. 34 best cornerback by Rivals.com and No. 28 safety by Scout.com...rated a four-star prospect and the No. 14 safety by 247Sports...as a senior posted 64 tackles, one interception and blocked three field goals...selected to the Under Armour All-American team...No. 60 on the ESPNU 150 and No. 5 overall safety...No. 58 on Bill Buchalter's 2011 Florida Top 100 for the Orlando Sentinel...No.40 on the SuperPrep Florida 110...member of the Florida Times-Union's Super 75 where he was rated as the No. 5 cornerback...selected first team all-area defensive back by TCPalm...Scout.com's Mike Bakas rated Smith as the No. 55 player in Florida in the Post-Season Top 100...rated No. 16 in the Gainesville Sun's top 50 seniors list for the state of Florida...chosen by ESPN760 as the No. 6 player in the 10 players to watch in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast...at age 14 won not only a national but international title at the prestigious Hershey's National Track and Field Championship in Hershey, Pa., winning the boys age 13-14 standing long jump competition with jumps of 9 feet, 5 1/4 inches (national) and 9-4 1/4 (international) to be the first national champ in the 17-year history of Fort Pierce's Sheraton Plaza Track Club...born January 1, 1983. [Media guide]

Part of the reason I elected not to debut this list in any specific order is to allow myself a chance to save players about whom I had questions for last. Since Keelin Smith didn't play in 2011, he is one of those players.

When Smith was recruited, some figured it was a way to make sure Jeff Luc stayed in the fold. Funny how things work out, however, as Luc, a 2010 signee, has now transferred to Cincinnati, and Smith is a promising young corner with the potential to be a three-year starter.

In 2012, Smith's role will be to back up Xavier Rhodes at the boundary cornerback position. Smith has battled a bit of a knee tweak this fall, but when he's been in action, the coaching staff has been pleased with his development.

Some are not convinced that Rhodes is completely healthy after coming off a knee injury of his own suffered in the bowl game. If Rhodes is forced to miss significant time, Smith could be the guy to get the snaps.

Smith offers impressive height and athleticism. It's difficult for opponents to throw over him when he is covering the flat. He's added some muscle, and will need to continue that in order to be effective against the run in the coming years.

Player Countdown
Camp Coverage
Opponent Previews
57: Cason Beatty, Punter
56: Terrence Brooks, Safety
55: Dan Hicks, Tight Ends
54: Clint Trickett, Quarterback
53: Rashad Greene, Receiver
52: Austin Barron, Center
51: Everett Dawkins, Defensive Tackle
50: Tank Carradine, Defensive End
49: Devonta Freeman, Running Back
48: Christian Green, Receiver
47: Cam Erving, Offensive Tackle
46: Chad Abram, Fullback
Debrale Smiley, Fullback

45: Ronald Darby, Corner/Returner
Marvin Bracy, Receiver/Returner

44: Jarred Haggins, Receiver
43: Jacob Coker, Quarterback
42: Tre' Jackson, Guard
41: Mario Pender, Running Back
40: Giorgio Newberry, Defensive End
39: Tyler Hunter, Cornerback
38: Nick Moody, Linebacker
37: Anthony McCloud, Defensive Tackle
36: Bryan Stork, Offensive Line
35: Rodney Smith, Receiver
34: Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback
33: Jacobbi McDaniel, Defensive Tackle
32: Kevin Haplea, Tight End
31: Christian Jones, Linebacker
30: Bjoern Werner, Defensive End
29: Josue Matias, Guard
28: Terrance Smith, Linebacker
Nigel Terrell, Linebacker

27: Dustin Hopkins, Kicker
26: Brandon Jenkins, Defensive End
25: Nick O'Leary, Tight End
24: Demonte McAllister, Defensive Tackle
23: Lonnie Pryor, Fullback
22: Jacob Fahrenkrug, Offensive Line
21: Eddie Goldman, Defensive Tackle
20: Willie Haulstead, Receiver
19: Vince Williams, linebacker
18: Garrett Faircloth, Guard
17: Karlos Williams, Safety
16: Nile Lawrence-Stample, Nose Guard
15: Lamarcus Joyner, Safety
14: Chris Thompson, Running Back
13: Kenny Shaw, Receiver
12: Greg Dent, Receiver
11: EJ Manuel, Quarterback
10: Mario Edwards Jr., Defensive End
9: James Wilder Jr., Running Back
8: Kelvin Benjamin, Receiver
7: Menelik Watson, Offensive Tackle
6: Daniel Glauser, Offensive Tackle
Bobby Hart, Offensive Tackle

5: Timmy Jernigan, Defensive Tackle
4: Keelin Smith, Cornerback
* Jimbo Fisher press conference
* Practice day 1
* Day 1 photo gallery
* Scholarship roster update
* Mario Pender out for year
* Practice days 2 & 3
* Practice day 4
* Practice day 5
* Practice August 11
* Media Day: Updates | Photos | Recap
* Open Practice: Report | Photos
* Practice August 14
* EJ Injury Update: He's OK
* Scrimmage No. 1 Update |
* Practice August 20
* Practice August 22
* Scrimmage No. 2
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