Iowa already holds three verbal commitments in it's 2012 recruiting class from the Chicago area. It seems there's a good chance that number will increase by signing day in February.
Bremen High (Midlothian, Ill.) running back set his official visit to Iowa City for Dec. 9. He has made it known that the Hawkeyes are the leaders for his services.
"We have talked," Smith said of Ekakitie. "I know he already took his official to Iowa (this past weekend). He told me that Iowa is probably his favorite as of now. Iowa is my favorite as well."
Ekakitie rarely speaks to the media. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive end from Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy writes about his recruitment on a blog, but it's been more than a month since he's updated the page.
Iowa's first '12 verbal from Chicago - Maurice Fleming - is working hard on bringing players from the area with him to Iowa. Smith is a main target, as the two are close friends.
"I'm in constant contact with Coach (Lester) Erb and the head coach (Kirk Ferentz)," the 6-foot-1, 196-pound Smith said of Iowa. "Reese already committed. He's been on me as well. It would be cool to team up with a friend. That's mainly why they're my favorite."
While Iowa leads for Smith, he isn't done with his process. He says he definitely will visit West Virginia (no date set) and is looking at trips to Oregon State, which could happen next week, and Cincinnati.
"I'm looking to see if I can come in and contribute early my freshman year," Smith said. "I'm looking for that family atmosphere on campus."
Smith liked what he saw at Boston College even though the Eagles were demolished by Florida State, 38-7.
"It was amazing," Smith said. "It's not a real college town, but it's a nice city. I talked to a lot of the players and the coaching staff. I talked to the AD. Overall, it was a great visit."
Smith said he expects that Fleming will accompany him on his official visit to Iowa next month.
"I'd be surprised if he wasn't there," Smith joked.
Smith has unofficially visited Iowa City with Fleming this season.
"Another reason why Iowa is my favorite is because they are known to have one of the craziest fan bases in the country," Smith said. "They also have a tremendous and experienced coaching staff and have already landed some big-time commitments."