Sooner Snapshot: RB David Smith

January, 27, 2012
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Name: David Smith

Position: Running back

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comThree-star Illinois running back David Smith chose the Sooners over West Virginia.
Height, Weight: 6-foot, 197 pounds

Hometown/School: Midlothian, Ill./Bremen

Committed: Jan. 17, 2012

Scout grade: 75. Three star prospect.

Scout rankings: No. 124 athlete, No. 166 in Midlands Region, No. 30 in Illinois

Picked OU over: West Virginia, Boston College, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Cincinnati, Purdue, Michigan State and others

State of the position: The Sooners have three quality running backs returning in Dominique Whaley, Roy Finch and Brennan Clay but could use more durable runners on the roster.

Pros: “Has great measurables and is athletic with good ball skills making the transition to another skill position like defensive back potentially smooth. Tends to build speed but top-end is more than adequate for his size. Runs high but displays good lateral agility and quickness stretching the run outside and decent vision and cutback skill.” - ESPN analyst

Cons: “Exposes himself for big hits but is able to run through a lot of first contact in high school with his strong, lanky frame and well-built upper-body. Would like to see him run more behind his pads though and fill out his narrow base to produce as a one-cut and-go slasher at the college level which is what he projects to be, if he remains at tailback.” - ESPN analyst

Similar to/potential role: Brennan Clay. Smith displays the slashing style and versatility of Clay. Doesn’t have game-breaking speed but can catch the ball out of the backfield and is solid in the open field.

Expected impact: 2013. Probably in line for a redshirt season then he could see spot duty as a redshirt freshman before battling for carries, and a bigger impact, in 2014.

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