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College football: West Side’s Antonio Smothers signs with Arizona

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Updated: January 20, 2014 8:27AM



Antonio Smothers is the latest West Side graduate to get a Division I football scholarship.

Smothers, a 6-1, 238-pound linebacker who spent the last two seasons at Scottsdale Junior College in Arizona, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play football at Arizona.

Smothers will play for Rich Rodriguez, the former Michigan and West Virginia coach, at Arizona.

Smothers had offers from Miami, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Kentucky that he considered.

In the end, he said Arizona just “felt right” for him.

“I prayed about it a lot and this was the best fit for me,” he said.

Smothers, who is originally from Chicago, graduated from West Side in 2011. He played linebacker there for three seasons, starting under Gene Johnson and then finishing his career under Alexander Pratt.

He is one of six junior college players that Rodriguez signed this week. Smothers is listed as a three-star linebacker for Rivals and a top 50 junior college player by ESPN. He finished the year with 41 solo tackles, 18 tackles for losses and one interception. He will play outside linebacker for the Wildcats.

Arizona finished the regular season 7-5. The Wildcats play Boston College on Dec. 31 in the Advocare Bowl in Shreveport, La.



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