Last week Adonis Smith said he was a few days away from giving a commitment. After those few days passed, Smith now says a decision will likely come this week.In a recent chat with Purple Reign, Smith, a three-star back from San Mateo, Calif., hinted that a decision would be made within days of his Thursday in-home visit with coaches from Washington State – as in, this weekend. Well, Smith got that visit from the Cougars on Thursday. And while no decision has been made, it sounds – again – like it won't be long.
"The chat with Washington State went good," said the 5-11, 185-pound Smith. "They basically informed me on what was going down and what they see for me. I still gotta go meet with my coach and meet with my family."The same factors that Smith mentioned last week are still in play: How comfortable Smith feels with the campus and coaching staff, as well as how quickly he will be able to get on the field.
Now it's just a matter of sifting through those variables, a process that he doesn't want to do solely on his own."Hopefully sometime next week I'll be making a decision," Smith, the No. 62 running back in the 2010 class, said. "I just gotta sit down and see what (my coach) has to say and what my parents have to say. I just want to talk with them and make sure I've thought everything through."
Smith, who had 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior season, confirmed that the visit with Washington State did nothing to change his list of candidates, which means it's still Northwestern, Washington State, Utah and San Diego State. The speedy back – he has a 4.5 40 – visited Evanston in December and says that he was impressed with the campus, the coaches and Chi-Town.And as for the playing time, that could be working in NU's favor, as well.
Northwestern's only 2010 running back commit – Florida native Shontrelle Johnson – recently decommitted and is now heading to Iowa State. So should he commit to NU, Smith would be the Wildcats' only incoming back, at least for the time being.Washington State, on the other hand, has received a commitment from three-star Berkeley native Rickey Gavin. And Utah already has a pair of running back commits: Princeton Collins of Austin, Tex., and Matt Anderson of Vanderbilt, Tex.
ADDENDUM: In the original version of this story, released Jan. 10, it stated that SDSU didn't have any running back commits. That is apparently not correct. What it should have said is: "According to San Diego State's Scout.com page, the Aztecs do not have any running back commits." That much IS true. But Purple Reign received an email saying that there are actually no less than four 2010 running backs who have committed to SDSU. However, none are listed on the SDSU Scout page. Apologies for the mix up.
So again, Smith's once-imminent timetable has been pushed back a little bit. But nonetheless, he says a decision could be coming this week. And along with it, a running back could be coming to Northwestern.
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