Troy Smith Visits Iowa

The Iowa Hawkeyes found a gem in the Hoosier State last year when they offered Jewell Hampton a scholarship, and the running back took them up on it. Things could be shaping up in a similar way for another Indianapolis prospect, Troy Smith

The Iowa Hawkeyes found a gem in the Hoosier State last year when they offered Jewell Hampton a scholarship, and the running back took them up on it. Hampton was so impressive on tape that the Iowa coaching staff wondered what they were seeing that other programs were missing. Once Hampton arrived on campus this past summer, the coaching staff was very happy that no one else figured it out.

The Iowa coaches may be mining the Hoosier State for another diamond in the rough in the form of cornerback Troy Smith of Indianapolis Pike High School. The 5-9, 170-pound cornerback visited Iowa City over the weekend, and while he didn't leave town with an offer, the Iowa coaching staff is seriously considering extending one.

"Iowa didn't offer me on the visit, but while I was out there I did receive one from Ball State." Smith said. "Iowa told me they are going to have a meeting tomorrow and let me know if they are going to offer me later this week."

While on his visit, he was hosted by Hampton.

"He is a real good guy. He showed me several things about Iowa that I didn't know about. That helped me out. And he is a pretty big guy, too. That surprised me.".

Smith's recruitment isn't exactly like that of Jovon Johnson, but it has some similar overtones.

Johnson was not the player that the coaches came to his high school to see, but while they were in town, Johnson made certain the Iowa staff received his tape. Smith took advantage of Iowa's interest in another Pike player.

"I hadn't thought too much about Iowa until they came to the school and got film on me. They came to see Dajuan Lewis and offered him. Once they looked at my tape, they began to show interest, so I said I would go and visit there."

"Once I got there this weekend, the coaches showed me the campus and we talked academics. I also ate a lot of food which was nice. I got to see the stadium and was able to watch some practice."

Smith was impressed with the Iowa coaching staff, as well.

"They just seem like real good guys who I wouldn't mind playing for," Smith said. "They told me they liked my film."

Ball State is Smith's only offer, but he says he is hearing from Cincinnati, Louisville, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Western Kentucky, Northern Illinois and Iowa.

"Those schools are all interested in my, and a lot of them are telling me that it's sort of a wait and see thing. I am going to weigh all of my options as they come in and take my time. I don't want to jump into a decision until I am certain it's the right fit for me.


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