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AUBURNDALE — Auburndale senior Chauncy Smart played football and ran track for his first three years of high school, but as time went on, one thing became clear to him. He had a brighter future in track.

That future is now even more clear.

Smart, on Tuesday, signed a National Letter of Intent with Florida State and will receive a full athletic scholarship for track and field. He made his decision on Sunday, choosing the Seminoles over other schools like Iowa and Florida.

“When I first went there, it felt like home,” Smart said. “That was the main thing. All the other places I went to, I wasn’t really comfortable with. I could see myself go there for the next four years. That’s what really made it, right there.”

Smart began the school year still a two-sport athlete but quit the football team about midway through season.

“A lot of people kept telling me I could get hurt at any moment, and that got in my head,” said Smart, who plans to major in communications. “I can go way farther in track than in football, so that’s when I made my decision to just focus on track.”

Smart battled a groin injury in the spring, which forced him out of the 200 in the postseason, and it’s something he doesn’t want to see happen again. Before this year, he said he never would have imagined giving up football. Neither did his mother, who had trouble controling her emotions during the signing ceremony.

“Words can’t even explain,” Tamisha Copeland said. “It didn’t really hit me until today that it was happening. You could say reality kicked me today that he was actually doing it. I’ve always known he would do something, but I always thought it would be

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