Smith Names a Leader

David Smith

Until now, Bremen (Ill.) running back David Smith has kept his recruitment rather close to the vest. After a recent unofficial visit, the talented prospect is ready to divulge which school is in the lead.

Bremen (Ill.) running back David Smith currently holds 15 scholarship offers. He's been shy in naming standouts, but after taking an unofficial visit to a school in the Big Ten, Smith has changed his mind.

"Indiana is my favorite now," Smith reported to Scout.com on his way home from the visit.

The talented running back left Bloomington impressed.

"When we got there we sat down with all the other guys they offered and had a little meeting," Smith shares. "We introduced ourselves, met a couple players on the team, and I got a personal facility tour on a golf cart; that was sweet! We also played a couple games to make the day interesting, like an egg toss, watermelon eating contest, and dance contest. I felt like a big kid, but it was fun. Overall, it was a good day at IU."

Smith wasn't the only top level recruit wowed by the Hoosiers this past weekend.

"I went down to Indiana with Maurice Fleming. We are close friends and we have been talking about going to the same school," Smith reveals. "He wanted to commit that same day. I thought about it too but decided I wanted to take a couple more trips to make sure this is the school for me."

Smith isn't in any rush to make a decision just yet, but he has decided that at this point, Indiana is the school to beat.

"Indiana is definitely the leader right now," he discloses. "It's my favorite because it would probably be the best situation for me since they need help at the tailback spot. I talk to Coach McCullough probably every two to three days, so we're in constant contact. We mainly just talk about school, track, and things like that."

Another factor in Indiana's favor is its proximity to Smith's home in Calumet City, Illinois.

"It's about four and a half hours away, just about right," says Smith. "So my mom can come out and see me play on Saturdays. She wants me to go far enough, but not too far."

The 6-foot, 196-pound athlete has chosen a favorite, but there's still plenty of time and action remaining in his recruiting process.

Smith has several unofficial visits scheduled, including trips to Michigan State and Iowa this weekend. He's also planning to take five official visits in the fall. Arizona and Oregon State will be among the destinations.

Indiana, Purdue, and Boston College are home to the coaches that Smith feels he has the best relationships with.

His relationships with each respective coaching staff will play a vital role in deciding which schools will make it to the next stage of Smith's process.

"I'm planning to cut my list down to five or seven schools by the end of the summer," Smith explains. "I'll probably mainly look at the ones that I'm still in steady contact with."

Stay with Scout.com to find out who makes the cut.

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