Unofficial Visit Impacts C.B.'s Smith

Shortly before addressing an Iowa State media contingent, head coach Dan McCarney hosted one of the top remaining instate seniors for an unofficial visit.

However, McCarney did not find out what Council Bluffs (Thomas Jefferson) running back James Smith's decision was until after the conclusion of media day. But it was well worth the three-hour wait for McCarney, as he picked up his fourth commitment for the Class of 2005.

Smith picked the Cyclones in a phone conversation with McCarney, then spoke with various members of the coaching staff.

ISU's newest commitment shined as a high school running back last season, earning second-team all-state honors in a crowded 4A class that included seniors Jason Scales, London Hayes, and Greg Coleman. He rushed for 1,369 yards and 12 scores on 230 carries, averaging nearly six yards per attempt.

"He's very aggressive," said Thomas Jefferson coach Dan Strutzenberg in an earlier interview with "When he diagnoses a play, he's there and makes the tackle. You don't get away from him. You don't break a tackle. He's got great forearm strength as well, and is a built young man. He only weighs 175 pounds, but he benches about 275. He's got about a 36-inch vertical, which will help him in the defensive backfield."

All indications are that Smith will be given a shot at playing running back as a freshman, but he could project as a cornerback in future years.

We'll have more soon on ISU's fourth commitment for the Class of 2005.

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