November 5, 2013

Smith goes in-depth on his decision

St. Louis running back Markel Smith has not been to Iowa City in about a year, but decided tonight that is where he wants to play college football. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Smith, who was a Missouri commit early on in the recruiting process, made the call and gave his verbal pledge to the Hawkeyes. We caught up with the three-star prospect to talk about his decision and much more.

Q: Can you tell me about the decision tonight?

SMITH: It's just a big relief off my shoulders. I think if anybody else was going to offer me, they would have offered me by now. I felt like I was comfortable at Iowa, so that's where I felt like I needed to go.

Q: Who did you call at Iowa and how did that conversation go?

SMITH: I called Eric Johnson, the recruiter for St. Louis, and left a message with him because they were at practice at the time. Then he called back and he very excited and Coach White was very excited too. They seemed pretty happy about it and so am I.

Q: How did you narrow it down?

SMITH: It was really between Iowa and Mizzou. Iowa has been loyal to me since the beginning and I like the offense they run. I think it really fits my style. I'm not saying I can't adapt to any other offense, but I felt like I can have a lot of success there and quicker probably too.

Through nine games this year, Smith has 279 carries for 2,112 yards and 31 touchdowns. St. Vianney High School is currently 6-3 on the season and plays Rockwood Summit on Wednesday in the second round of the playoffs.

With the addition of Smith, the Iowa Hawkeyes now have 16 commitments in the Class of 2014.

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