Smith to take time

Northwestern already has a backfield commitment from Florida running back Shontrelle Johnson. Also on the list of targeted backs is San Mateo, Calif., back Adonis Smith, a three-star athlete who told Purple Reign that he'll know the right school once he makes his official visits.

Despite having a 4.48 40 time, Adonis Smith probably won't be making a speedy decision.

In an interview with Purple Reign, Smith, a three-star back with an offer from Northwestern, said that each of the schools that have offered him -- and there are six of them -- are still in the running.

"Actually, I haven't seen any of the schools yet," Smith said. "Once I get my chance to go up there and see all the schools, that will make my decision real easy....

"I'm really not anxious, but I'll be happy once I make my decision. It's all about the school being right for me. Once I feel that right school, then it will be easy to make a decision."

Smith, who ran for 644 yards on 90 carries last season -- 7.2 per run -- echoed fellow California running back Cameron Roberson, who also has an offer from NU. In an interview with PR, Roberson said that he, too, will probably wait until the fall to make a decision.

Thus, having already nabbed Florida back Shontrelle Johnson, the Cats may have to wait awhile for No. 2 to hop on board.

Smith also has offers from Washington State, Army, Idaho, San Diego State and Utah. And like Roberson, he will keep an eye on who else signs with NU in the meantime.

"I look at who they bring in, I look at my chances of playing on the field early," said the 5-11, 188-pound Smith, who runs a sub-4.5 40. "If they bring in two backs (not including me) then that's going to be tough. But I'm just waiting to see what the school looks like."

While the number of other 2010 backs is a possible setback in nabbing Smith, Northwestern's recent success is a selling point.

"I think coach Pat Fitzgerald does a great job with those players," Smith said. "He gets them working. I saw them play against Missouri and they're definitely on the rise. That's what I like about them is they're on the rise."

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