Smith Out of Picture

After stating for the last month or so that Iowa was his favorite, '12 Illinois RB David Smith and the Hawkeyes have parted ways.

And just like that, David Smith is off of Iowa's wish list. The 2012 running back from Illinois is moving on from the Hawkeyes.

"I'm not the top guy on their board anymore," Smith wrote in a text message. "I don't know why. They pushed my official back to late January."

Smith was scheduled to officially visit Iowa on Dec. 9. Smith planned to officially visit Purdue this weekend when the Hawkeyes play there.

Smith has held an Iowa offer for a few months, but he voiced his displeasure with having to wait for the Hawkeye opportunity. He said he was told my assistant, Lester Erb, that it would be coming earlier than it did.

Smith took an official visit to Boston College last month. He also was considering trips to Oregon State and Cincinnati.

Iowa picked up two verbal commitments this week and were believed to have 12 in the fold for this class. Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said on Tuesday that the team was looking for a group in the high teens.

The Iowa staff cannot speak about recruits until they sign national letters of intent. Members of this class will sign in early February.

The Hawkeyes rank first on the list of '12 PA running back Greg Garmon. He's scheduled to announce his decision in early January at the Semper Fi all-star game in Arizona.

Perhaps Iowa got tired of waiting on Smith. Maybe the Hawkeyes decided that, at most, they're taking one running back in this class and it's Garmon or nothing.

Smith's good friend Reese Fleming, an Iowa verbal, said Thursday night that the running back's situation will not affect his choice.

"I wish the best for David and the school he chooses," Fleming said.

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