Smith Discusses Iowa Offer

Ever since good friend Maurice Fleming was offered a scholarship and then committed to Iowa early this summer, good friend David Smith had been hoping for a Hawkeye opportunity. It came on Monday night. The '12 Illinois RB talks about it and updates Hawkeye Insider on his recruitment.

When David Smith received an Iowa offer Monday night, nobody was more happy for him than his best friend Maurice Fleming, who had a simple request.

"He told me to just commit (to the Hawkeyes)," Smith said. "I just laughed and told him I'm not ready yet."

Fleming verbally committed to Iowa in June. Another one of their close friends from Illinois, Jaleel Johnson, pledged to the Hawkeyes in July.

"I know they're going to work on me," the 6-foot-1, 190-pound running back said. "It would be great to play with them. But we all have to make our own decisions."

Scout.com ranks the Bremen High (Midlothian, IL) ball carrier as a three-star recruit on its five-star scale. The service rates him as the 38th best player at his position nationally.

Smith returned a call to his lead recruiter at Iowa, Lester Erb, at around 9:30 Monday night.

"He said, "We want to offer you a scholarship, David,"" said Smith, who will unofficially visit Iowa for a second time on Saturday for the team's Kids' Day Event at Kinnick Stadium. "It was kind of surprising. But I was pretty excited when I heard it."

Smith told me last month that if Iowa offered it would be towards the bottom of his prospective schools list. He had been trying to reach the Hawkeye coaches and not getting a response at the time.

"I wanted to ask (Erb) about that, but I didn't," Smith said. "I'll talk to them about that soon. I've moved on, though.

"Maurice is already committed there and we've talked about going to the same school. They will be a top school for me. They'll be in the running."

Smith favored Indiana in mid June but has since become more open in his recruitment. The Hoosiers, Arizona, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue and West Virginia were the other BCS schools to offer him before Iowa. Penn State has told him an offer is coming.

"(The Iowa offer) really changes everything around," Smith said of his recruitment. "The offer from Penn State will change things around again. I'm just taking it all in, really."

Smith is not rushing to a decision.

"I was trying to get down to my Top 5 or 7 schools by the time my senior year started," he said. "Now, that doesn't seem like it will be the case. I think I'll get to my Top 7 sometime in season."

Smith visited Iowa a few months ago and is looking forward to seeing Kinnick with some fans in it.

"I love the coaching staff," he said. "I really got along with all of the players I met. It seems like a good place to be."

Smith earned all-conference honors as a junior when he rushed for 928 yards and eight touchdowns on 111 carries. He also hauled in three receiving scores.


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