From Blountstown to college ball; Smith, Valdez ink on national signing day

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - For future college athletes across the nation, national signing day is a dream come true.

At Blountstown High School, the dream of playing college football will soon be a reality for Treven Smith and Alex Valdez.

Smith, a 5'11" 175 lb. running back and safety for coach Beau Johnson and the Tigers, signed with Florida A&M in Tallahassee. Smith rushed for just under 2,000 yards and scored a total of 38 touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams, setting season and career records at BHS in 2018 en route to a record setting performance in the state championship game.

A 365 yard, five touchdown performance in a runner-up effort against Madison was enough to seal the deal.

"After the state game, they were at the state game watching me so they kind of recruited me from that," Smith said. "They had been looking at me, but they kind of recruited me from there. It's close to home and I'm familiar with Tallahassee, so I just decided to stay home."

Alex Valdez, a running back and defensive back, signed a scholarship with Cumberland, and NAIA school in Lebanon, Tennessee

Standing 5'6', 160 lb., Valdez, accounted for more than 900 yards from scrimmage and scored a 12 touchdowns last season but was recruited primarily as a slot receiver.

"They've just always been in contact with me and the offer I'm getting is pretty good. It's a nice school and I kind of wanted to get out of state, so I feel like it will be good for me."

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