Adonis Smith is Looking Around

There's a bumper crop of running backs in California for 2010, in both SoCal and NorCal, and among them is 5-11, 185-pound Adonis Smith from San Mateo (Calif.) Serra. Smith has scholarship offers and has been traveling and checking out various programs...

San Mateo (Calif.) Serra running back Adonis Smith (5-11.5, 185) is one of the premier running backs in Northern California, a part of one of the best running back classes in the Golden State in some time.

Smith has scholarship offers from Utah and Washington State, and more schools have been keeping in contact with him.

"I've been talking with California a lot and then I'm hearing from Colorado, Arizona State, Arizona, Nebraska, UCLA and USC," said Smith. "I'm going to the Cal and USC camps so we'll see what happens there."

Smith was at UCLA's Junior Day last weekend.

"UCLA, it was good," said Smith. "I don't think it was really a football junior day, more a get-to-see-the-school type junior day. I didn't get to talk with any of the coaches but they want me to come back down so I'm going to go back and meet them. I went with my dad but one of my coaches, Brian Callahan, played there and he's been talking with them about me. UCLA has a real beautiful campus and we saw the weight room and the pictures from movies that they used the campus for."

Smith said he thinks things will really pick up as the evaluation period kicks into gear.

"I really feel excited about the recruiting process so that's why I've been working so hard," said Smith. "Being at Serra (the alma mater of Tom Brady) really does help, because people know about us. A lot of schools say that they will see me in the spring either at the school or at their camps."

Smith has been primarily a running back for the Padres, but his interest has been on both sides of the ball.

"Arizona State likes me as an athlete and they could see me on both sides of the ball, but most likely defensive back," said Smith. "Washington State and Utah offered me as a running back. I'm an athlete, though, so it doesn't matter to me what side I play on."

Smith said he's going to take some time to make his decision.

"I want to live the life of a recruit, take some visits and enjoy the process," said Smith. "I want to truly expand my horizons. I don't really want to stay in the Bay Area, I want to see what else is out there. And my family is cool with that."

Smith earned Second Team All-WCAL Honors as a junior, in one of the finest collection of running backs the WCAL has seen. The seniors ahead of Smith included NorCal Player of the Year Usua Amanam (Stanford), Dasarte Yarnway (Cal) and Cameron Marshall (Arizona State).

"Those guys are great running backs and did really good, but I'm excited to be the senior running back in the league," said Smith.

Last fall, Smith ran for 644 yards on 90 carries and eight touchdowns and was the fifth leading scorer in WCAL and first among juniors. Academically, he has a 3.1 GPA and will take the SAT on May 2nd.

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