2016 running back talks SMU, recruitment

2016 Arlington Martin running back Nick Smith talked with Patrick about his SMU interest, senior year and recruitment.

SMU’s 2016 class is nearly set, but one position it has yet to fill is running back. After Robert Mahone and LD Brown committed elsewhere, one possibility for the Mustangs is Arlington (Texas) Martin running back Nick Smith. Smith picked up the offer in the spring, but stays quiet on his recruitment and wasn’t that high on SMU’s board anyway. But the senior says he’s still hearing from the coaching staff.

“Yes, exactly, SMU, Cal, Utah (are all talking to me),” Smith said. “I’m going to go to visit and see what the best one is for me.”

Smith keeps his recruitment very quiet, but he has been to SMU once for a visit and was impressed. He said running backs coach Claude Mathis is his primary recruiter.

“He’s a god guy, and I’d love to play for him, I’d love to play for anybody that’s invited me to play for them. I’ll go over there (SMU) for an (official) visit and see what’s going on,” Smith said. “I’ve been over there once before. I thought it was good, it’s a good campus. They welcomed me and it was a good visit.”

SMU was Smith’s only known offer for a while, but he’s picked up a couple other ones and said “there’s a few more” offers that he wanted to stay quiet on. But said one school is coming after him the hardest.

“I’d say right now, it’s probably Cal. Purdue just offered me, but they have to start contacting me,” Smith said.

Smith isn’t planning on making a decision until signing day. With a strong senior season, he could play his way up SMU’s board. He rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns in a win over DeSoto last week, demonstrating good vision and quickness. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Smith doesn’t have elite speed, but runs north-south and is still effective in space, which is where he wants to be.

“He (Mathis) said SMU’s offense runs like DeSoto’s offense, which I don’t have a problem with, but I like to get in the open field as much as possible,” Smith said. “But I think it’s a good fit.”

Smith rushed for 1,828 yards on 216 carries (8.5 yards per carry) and 35 touchdowns as a junior. He is Martin’s all-time rushing leader with 3,372 yards.

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