Gators offer NC State LB commit Nick Smith of Dr. Phillips

Dr. Phillips senior linebacker, Nick Smith Orlando Dr. Phillips linebacker Nick Smith is having quite the holiday week already.

He started the Christmas break with a trip to Hawaii to play in a tournament with his Dr. Phillips basketball team. While on the trip, the two-sport athlete was offered a football scholarship from Florida linebackers coach and interim defensive coordinator Randy Shannon.

Smith, who is committed to NC State , has been a soft commit to the Wolfpack of late and was thought to be considering other options. The Gators just upped the ante on the options, which also includes possibly Louisville and Michigan State. Smith still has four official visits remaining, having already visited NC State.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Smith has been a versatile player at DP, playing both defensive end and linebacker. He shined as a linebacker this past season, which ended in Dr. Phillips losing a 14-10 decision to Miami Southridge in the Class 8A state championship game.

Smith, the No. 11-ranked player in the Sentinel’s 2017 Central Florida Super60 , was the Panthers third-leading tackler with 96 stops, including 17 tackles for loss and one sack. He also had three forced fumbles, a fumble receovery and an interception.

The Gators already have one Dr. Phillips product on the current roster in redshirt junior safety Marcell Harris.

Chris Hays is the Sentinel’s recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at chays@orlandosentinel.com . Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at OS Recruiting , and on Instagram at os_recruiting .