Cougs co-lead for NorCal RB

WASHINGTON STATE has more running back depth and promise this season than in recent years. Five of the guys in that stable of talent, however, are juniors or seniors. That means the Cougs need to bolster the position in their 2009 recruiting class. One intriguing target, from Northern California, says WSU is one of two schools where he's truly feeling the love.

Adonis Smith says two schools are standing out.

"I would have to say Northwestern and Washington State," said the 5-11, 185-pounder.

The combination of academics and football opportunity have the Cougars and Wildcats sharing the top slot.

"They offer so much, (Northwestern's) a great academic school and the opportunity is so high as far getting a degree there and playing on the field there. With Washington State, the same thing. I've just got to see the campuses now," said Smith.

Smith's participation in track may preclude unofficial visits until the school year ends. But his summer might be busy.

"I'm definitely going to try to do some (unofficials) before the season starts -- July, August, maybe even June if it's possible," said Smith.

Smith recently talked with Fresno State and is also hearing more from Cal, Missouri, Colorado, Iowa State, UNLV and others.

WSU's recruiting coach for Smith's region, Harold Etheridge, is running the point for the Cougars.

"I would have to say (recruiting contact) is about even. And I just got a new offer from Idaho," said Smith.

As a backup this past season, Smith averaged over seven yards a carry, rushing for 644 hashes on 90 touches and eight touchdowns his junior season.

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