Illinois running-back David Smith has stated repeatedly that what he really wants and needs in a college is a home away from home.
After Arizona defensive coordinator Tim Kish's visit to Bremen High School last week, it seems UA is now in the running to be the school to fulfill that significant role for Smith.
"I just want to see what Arizona has to offer," Smith told Scout.com. "I will probably make that one an official visit."
Smith, who has never been to the state of Arizona, expressed his interest in learning more about the Wildcats, who have already offered the 6-foot, 196-pound recruit.
What attracts the talented prospect to Tucson?
"Mainly that they need help at the tailback spot," he explains. "I could come in and contribute right away."
Despite the encouragement he's received to do just the opposite, the talented running back is leaning towards leaving his hometown in hopes of expanding his horizons.
"My coach and my mom kind of want me close to home, but that's not looking too good right now," he shares. "Most likely I would want to leave Illinois; I want to explore, really."
Oregon State is another school that will likely receive an official visit from Smith, who is planning unofficial visits to West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and Notre Dame this summer.
Though he's hesitant to name leaders, Smith admits that a school he has previously visited is in his list of favorites.
Indiana is standing out to Smith for several reasons.
"It's mainly because I see that they need help at the tailback spot very bad, so I could come in and help," he says. "They have great facilities and it's not too far from home, so I kind of like that. I talk to Coach Hagen almost every three of four days."
Despite interest in various schools, Smith says he's not anywhere close to a decision quite yet.
"I don't have a top five right now," he says. "Top 10 I'd say."
With 13 scholarship offers on the table so far, there will be many schools competing to be the place Smith calls home.