Is Pitt in South Florida running back's plans…?

One player from South Florida that has been kind of forgotten this year is running back Norris Smith. It's easy to see why when he was the backup running back to Tyrone Moss. Like with Moss, Smith expects to lead Broward County in rushing and is looking to break all of Moss single season rushing records.

As a junior the 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back from Ely High School rushed for over 700 yards on 120 carries. He used his speed to outrun opposing defenses to the end-zone 18 times. Those are pretty impressive numbers considering he was the backup to Moss last year.

Recently The Insiders spoke with Smith and he mentioned to us what schools are showing the most interest in him.

"Right now Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Florida, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss have shown the most interest. Pittsburgh has the slight lead over the other schools at this time."

So what makes Pittsburgh stand at the top for Smith?

"They have shown me a lot of attention. I get letters from them and their assistant recruiting coordinator and have spoken to him on the phone."

When asked about what makes Pittsburgh the front runner, Smith did not hesitate to answer, "I am good friends with Clint Sessions; he was a teammate of mine and we have spoken about being roommates if I come up there."

"I also like the fact that Pittsburgh is a team that likes to run the football; my running style is perfect for their offense."

Did the recent defections of Miami and Virginia Tech from the Big East hurt Pittsburgh's chances of landing Smith?

"No, not at all, Pitt will be the top team now and I want to play for a winning team."

What teams will most likely be the biggest threat to the Panthers come NSD for Smith's services?

"I most likely will choose from either Georgia Tech or Florida if I don't go to Pittsburgh. Florida and Georgia Tech is closer to home but distance won't be a factor."

Charles Fishbein

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