GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As if the Florida-LSU rivalry needed any more juice.
The cross-division opponents have played down to the wire in the last two games, and their current players go back-and-forth on Twitter trash talking.
Tigers commit Saivion Smith, a 5-star cornerback, already disliked UF for claiming it was “DBU” this year. Now he wants to beat the Gators even more.
His former classmate, 4-star quarterback Feleipe Franks, flipped from LSU to Florida three weeks ago after being committed to the Tigers for a year and a half.
Smith is still salty about it.
“I don’t even know who that is,” Smith said when asked about Franks. “He’s irrelevant.”
The two products from the state of Florida both attended LSU’s Junior Day back in February and played together at The Opening this summer.
But Franks’ decision to flip will pit them against each other in college.
“I’m going to make him pay for that,” Smith said with smile. “I was only going to pick him off at practice, but now he’s gotta get it in a game. I’ll get a pick-six against him.”
Like Franks, Smith will be an early enrollee and go through spring practice. Though he’s upset Franks won’t be joining him at LSU, he expects the Elite 11 finalist to do well with the Gators.
“He really is a great quarterback,” Smith said. “I hope everything works out for him at that other school. He’ll be back in Baton Rouge soon and I’ll be ready for him.”