Adonis Smith (5-11, 185, 4.5) has become the 22nd known verbal commitment in the Cougs' 2011 class.
"He committed last night to Washington State," said Junipero Serra High head coach Patrick Walsh. "I think Washington State's staff has done a good job of connecting their school to Northern California and the Bay Area. I think he just felt most comfortable there."
Smith, rated three stars and the No. 62 running back prospect nationally by Scout.com, becomes Washington State's second Top 75 running back in the class, joining Berkeley's Rickey Galvin (No. 74).
Smith chose Washington State over offers from Utah, Northwestern and others. Perhaps the best word to describe him on the gridiron is explosive -- he's a threat to take it to the house each time he touches the ball and that can also be via the airwaves. He has excellent hands coming out of the backfield.
He's also not afraid to stick his facemask in there on pass protection.
"He's 5-11 and has a nice frame. After he gets in their weight program, he can probably carry 210 pounds -- and keep his vision and mobility. He'll be a really good back for the Cougars. What schools like about him is his vision, balance and his ability to find holes in small spaces," said Walsh.
In addition to Smith, WSU's known verbal commits from the Greater Bay area are WR Kristoff Williams, OT Wade Jacobson, Galvin, WR Robert Jiles, CB Tracy Clark, ATH Deone Bucannon, and DB Damante Horton. For the complete list of the Cougs' 2010 class, CLICK HERE.
Smith was the driving force for Serra this past season, carrying the ball 262 times for 1,537 yards with 16 touchdowns. He averaged 128.1 rushing yards per game.
He was named first team for both the all-county and all-league teams for his efforts.
Smith is also an excellent student and easily achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.
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