Another LB emerges in Illinois

Rahkeem Smith has a presence and personality about him that just attracts people to him. His football skills attracted schools into offering a scholarship. Who are his favorites? What are his summer plans? We have the answers.

Iowa assistant coach Lester Erb has made his rounds in the Chicago area and has returned back to Iowa City with glowing reports to Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz.

The Hawks have already offered Illinois blue-chip prospects Dan Doering, Dace Richardson and David Moosman, but Erb may have found some diamonds in the ruff and they are receiving Iowa offers now as well.

Yesterday, we were the first to report that Ryan Bain received his Iowa scholarship offer via telephone conversation with Kirk Ferentz and we were also on top of the Justin Anderson (Steinmetz) offer and now we have confirmed the third Chicago area offer from Iowa on a very busy Monday.

Rahkeem Smith, a 6-foot-2, 217-pound linebacker from Villa Park (Ill.) Willowbrook has been offered a scholarship by Iowa but that is not his only offer.

"My first offer was Pittsburgh," Smith said. "Iowa and Pitt are my only offers right now but I've had a lot of schools contact me and tell me they are close and could offer soon.

"My favorites are Iowa, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Illinois, Bowling Green and Arizona State.

"I'm definitely going to camp at Iowa this summer but I'm not sure on anything else right now."

If Willowbrook sounds familiar to the Iowa fans, that's because Hawkeye defensive end Matt Roth also prepped at the Villa Park, Ill. high school.

Receiving scholarship offers is a major accomplishment for Smith because he was told two years ago that he would never play football again because of a lacerated kidney he received his sophomore year.

Smith did play football again and he had a super junior season totaling 67 tackles, 12 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

Rahkeem Smith also attended the Chicago MSL Combine and looked super. To say Smith passed the eyeball test would be an understatement. He looked great in the drills and he carried himself extremely well in interviews.

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