Star student, athlete secures Division I offer

Isabella Thomas, Sports Editor

This Central baseball star hits it out of the park while playing shortstop, second base, and third base for the Broncos’ Varsity team. 


Junior Cameron Smith has been dedicating time to baseball for as long as he can remember. One of the first memories Smith can recall is joining his first baseball team. His career launched at a mere five years old, with help from his grandmother, who is a huge fan of baseball herself. 


Since then, he has grown as a baseball player. Impressively, Smith made the Varsity Baseball team as a sophomore. 


Now, in his junior year, the team has been unstoppable. In the 2021 District Playoff game against rival Wellington High School, Smith had two double hits, two runs, and went 3-4 to help the team defeat Wellington 4-1. With this victory, the Broncos advanced to the District 10-7A title game and earned the title of runner-up. 


 His efforts to strive for excellence are significant, which landed him several offers from high ranked universities. 


He recounts how he was “unknown” to recruiters and scouts at the beginning of the year; yet, that changed quickly. 


“Once my junior season started I felt like the recruiting process hit me like a truck,” began Smith. “What I mean by that is I got my very first offer from Florida Atlantic University on February 16th and not even 24 hours later I received my second offer from my dream school, Florida State University.”


Even though his recruiting process was just getting started, Smith accepted FSU’s offer eagerly.


“After receiving an offer from my dream school there was no discussion on what school I was going to pick,” revealed Smith. “On February 19th I called the FSU coach and made it official and accepted the offer, and announced my commitment on February 21st, the day before my birthday. So, I would say February was the best month of my life.”


You may have seen Smith representing the Broncos on the field, but also alongside the Athletic Honor Society. He has been a part of AHS since his junior year. The club’s mission is to recognize, support, and reward high school student-athletes who achieve excellence in academics and athletics. 


With guidance, members further develop their talents, to become well-rounded and successful individuals, while positively contributing to their respective communities. He has participated in the club’s events such as senior night banner decorating and the Bronco Readers book program- reading books to local elementary school students to promote literacy. 


Smith’s favorite subject in school is science because he enjoys learning about living things and humans, and how everything works. He also revealed his favorite teacher is Mr. Abel. 


“[Mr. Abel] always made me laugh and made class fun,” stated Smith. “He is also very interested in sports and he’s played baseball so that’s even better.”


Mr. Abel is the Athletic Honor Society Adviser, the Athletic Director, Girls Lacrosse Varsity Head Coach, a biology teacher, as well as an anatomy and physiology teacher. Coach Abel has enjoyed the privilege of collaborating with Cameron, and had the pleasure of teaching Smith. He notes that Smith is energetic and positive.


In addition to school and sports, Smith is like any other teenager. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He believes that those around him help him be a better person. 


“I am a firm believer in having a small friend group and hanging around the right people,” expressed Smith. “I think the people you hang around with really affects what your future will be.”


We wish our junior and his team a safe, successful season and future in baseball. Keep up the good work and continue to show your Central PRIDE as you represent on the diamond.