"I had a real nice [Purdue
] visit," Michael Smith
said. "Purdue was everything that I expected.
"I saw a very exciting game. Purdue beat Ohio State and the crowd was very much into the game.
"The only problem with my Purdue visit is that I'm a very tropical person. It was a little cold up there for me.
"I don't want to say the weather will be the deciding factor when I make my decision but it will be something that I look at."
What does Smith have planned for the near future?
"I'm going to Arkansas
(12-10) for an official visit but I don't have anything else set up right now. I'm hoping to set up official visits with LSU
"My favorites are Arkansas, Purdue, Northwestern
, Auburn, LSU, Florida
and West Virginia
. All five schools have offered me a scholarship.
"Right now I don't think I'm going to visit Northwestern but that could change.
"Academics are very important to me and my family. I'm going to be looking hard at my educational opportunities on my visits."
Smith is a two-year varsity starter. As a junior, he had 1,400 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. He had 2,200 all-purpose yards.
Smith again had 2,200 all-purpose yards in 2004. Rickards finished the season with a 4-5 record.
Tallahassee's Michael Smith visited Purdue. Will he visit Northwestern?