Bremen Back Receives Pleasant Surprise

The Fighting Illini football team is looking for prospects all over the country, but the first priority is the state of Illinois. A number of top local prospects visited the UI campus for Junior Day, including Bremen running back David Smith. He left with a verbal offer from the Illini.

David Smith enjoyed his visit to Illinois recently for Junior Day.

"It was great. I met with my position coach, who toured me through the facilities. The thing I liked most about the visit was the facilities."

Smith left campus at halftime of the Illini vs. Iowa basketball game, but his return home was stimulated by a verbal offer from his home state school.

"It was kind of a surprise, you could say. Great campus, great staff. And my biggest offer so far."

The Midlothian Bremen running back has several offers, with more to come.

"Besides Illinois, I have offers from ISU, NIU and Minnesota. I've also talked to Oregon State, Oregon, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Colorado. There's a lot.

"This all came so fast for me. I have talked to so many people, I can't keep track of them all."

He has been communicating with Illini assistant coaches Keith Gilmore and DeAndre Smith.

"Coach Gilmore is my recruiting coach. Coach Smith is my running back coach. From what I know so far, he's a great guy and a good coach."

Smith shared some facts about his current size and attributes as a running back.

"I'm 6'-0", 196 now. I've been working out with the weights over the winter. I can go inside or outside. I think my strong point is my cutting ability. I want to work more on my strength and speed."

Bremen struggled on the field in 2010, but Smith had a highly productive season.

"We were only 3 and 6. It was just one of those things. I ran for 928 yards in 110 carries. I think I had 12 or 13 touchdowns. I played cornerback the last four games, but I prefer running back."

He knows what he wants in a college.

"I want a place that feels like home. And somewhere where I can come in and contribute to the team."

Smith keeps in top shape in the spring by participating in track. He looks forward to the upcoming outdoor season.

"In track, I do the 100, 200 and long jump. My best 100 time was a 10.68."

Illinois expects Smith to make a return visit for the first weekend of spring practice.

"I'll be going back down there the 2nd of April. I might go to a Colorado summer camp."

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