June 9, 2009

3-Star Running back picks up Army offer

If you were to describe some of the top attributes and qualities that make a running back an effective all-purpose back, a few of the characteristics might be tremendous balance, vision and speed, along with the ability to be effective off tackle or on the outside. Did I mention the talent to run inside and net the same results?

For Adonis Smith from San Mateo (CA) Junipero Serra, he has demonstrated all of those qualities as a running back, but he also solid on the defensive side of the ball while playing the corner spot. His recovery and ball-hawking skills, as well as his willingness to come up and lay a stick on either runner or receiver are also impressive. Such athletic ability could land Smith as corner prospect in some programs.

At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Smith's style of runner is elusive, but with surprising power and his often times high-stepping style of running, reminds this writer of another Smith, and that's former Ohio State & Minnesota Viking All-Pro, Robert Smith ... or at least a miniature version of Smith.

However, Smith has his own favorites, and it's no surprise that one is from the West Coast. "I really like CJ Gable as my favorite college running back and in the NFL, I've always likes Adrian Peterson," shares Smith when speaking about the USC Trojan and Minnesota Viking, respectively.

Currently the 3-star running back has offers from Northwestern, Washington State, Army, San Diego State, Utah and Idaho.

It is clear that Army Head Coach Rich Ellerson and his staff are making their presence felt when it comes to West Coast recruiting. For the Black Knights, Smith's recruiting is being handled by Offensive Coordinator, Ian Shields. "I spoke to him a week ago," shared Smith. "He was at my school ago when the recruiting period was going on, but I spoke to him a week ago. He was telling about the school, that they like me a lot and he said they like my ability on the field and my character.

So, what are Smith's thoughts about Army? "I talked to my dad about it and West Point will set you up for life basically," said Smith, who runs quick 4.48 forty. "It's all in your mindset … so it comes down to if you really want to go to that type of school, but I am going to check it out. Maybe West Point is the thing for me."

When it comes to a college's location, the swift running back indicated he is looking at all schools equally, because he has yet to see most of the schools up close and personal. He also made it clear that location will not be a factor in his decision and is open to the best fit for him. "I'm looking for great coaching, great environment and great academics," shares teh soft spoken Smith.

Most schools are recruiting him as running back, with the exception of Arizona State, who according to Smith, is looking at him as an athlete.

As a junior, Smith rushed for 644 yards on 90 carries and 10 touchdowns, along with averaging 21 yards per punt return.

In addition to football, Smith is a member of his school's track team, where he runs both 100M and 4X100 relay.

When it comes to summer camps, Smith appears to be taking the low road, although he is debating if he will be attending the USC Rising Stars Camp on the 24th.

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