Smith Wide Open

Markel Smith recently decommitted from Missouri to get a look around at other schools. Iowa is one of the programs he wants to check out again. He plans on visiting the Hawkeyes later this month and talks about his recruitment in this update.

Despite pledging to Missouri, Markel Smith kept thinking about Iowa. As a result, he de-committed from the Tigers to take a closer look at the Hawkeyes and others.

The Missouri running back is planning on visiting Iowa City for an open scrimmage on April 27. It will be his second trip to the campus having attended a Hawkeye game last season.

"I just felt like at some point I was going to take my Iowa visit and I didn't want to go up there and people ask why I'm visiting if I'm already committed (to Missouri)," Smith said. "I think I committed a little too fast. I felt OK with it but I wanted to take my Iowa visit. There would be no point to taking the visit if I was already committed." ranks Smith as the nation's 34th-best running back in the 2014 Class. At 5-foot-11, 207 pounds, the St. John Vianney (Kirkwood, MO) High back runs with power but also displays a burst.

"I ran a 4.4 (-second, 40-yard dash) two or three weeks ago," he said.

In addition to Iowa and Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Indiana are pursuing Smith, he said.

"My recruitment is really just open," Smith said. "I want to see what's out there and make sure I'm making the right choice. I want to make sure that the next time I commit that I feel like I definitely chose the right school."

St. John Vianney utilizes Smith's talents in a way that shows him being a good fit at Iowa. He combines strong running skills with the ability to move into the slot and run routes.

"Iowa is a great program," Smith said. "They run the ball a lot. I like the offense. It's a great school, also. I've been up there. I like the campus and everything."

Assistant Eric Johnson is leading the Hawkeyes' recruitment of the St. Louis area running back.

"He's a great person," Smith said. "He's an outgoing person. Funny. He's very serious person. He's very dedicated."

Smith could witness a spike in his recruitment after he attends a Nike regional combine this spring.

"I'm open," Smith said. "I'm not going to close anybody off. I think when football season starts I'd like to narrow it down to maybe a Top 5."

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