RECRUITING: Cougs offer Cali RB

WASHINGTON STATE is the first Pac-10 school to offer a rising California running back who is just as comfortable running inside as he is outside the tackles. And he's also the cousin of a famous Cougar.

Adonis Smith, a 5-11, 185-pound running back from Junipero Serra High in San Mateo, Calif. was offered by Washington State on Saturday.

"I was definitely thinking (this spring) about going up there," said Smith.

Smith has also been offered by Utah and is seeing growing interest from a number of other schools. He said his top seven, in no particular order, are Washington State, UCLA, Nebraska, Utah, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon.

Although Smith's cousin is CougGreat Jason Hill, and because NCAA rules at this time of the recruiting year preclude schools from initiating phone contact, Smith said he doesn't know a whole lot about Washington State yet.

That could start to change today, however.

"I was planning on talking to them today," said Smith. "I'm still kind of gathering information on them. But I do have a cousin who played up there, Jason and my other cousin, his brother (Paul) talk a lot."

Serving primarily this past season as a backup, Smith rushed for 644 hashes on 90 carries as a junior, good 7-plus yards a touch, with eight touchdowns. All schools are recruiting him at running back, he said.

"Washington State sent me a note with the offer...and the coaches said they liked everything about my game. They liked that I can run inside and outside," said Smith.

Smith said unofficial visits planned this spring include trips to ASU (April 4) and UCLA (April 11).

"Arizona and Colorado have also been talking to my coach seriously and so has San Diego State," said Smith.

He's also heard from LSU, Northwestern, Cal and Hawaii.

Adonis Smith profile's Chris Fetters contributed to this story.

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