November 20, 2012
Rivals.com reported the commitment, as Smith spurned offers from Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Kansas, along with Boise State, Houston, Northern Illinois.
"This one ultimately came down to West Virginia and Oklahoma State," said Keenan Cummings, senior writer for WVSports.com of the Rivals network. "While he is coming off a weekend visit to Stillwater, his relationship with the Mountaineers coaching staff — coupled with his visit this summer — were enough to push them over the top."
Smith has run for 17 touchdowns and 984 yards on 120 carries (8.2 per rush) in helping unbeaten Butler Community College reach the NJCAA national championship game, where the Grizzlies will face Iowa Western on Dec. 2. Originally a 2011 three-star Kansas signee who failed to qualify out of Wichita Heights High School, Smith is listed at 5-11, 220 pounds and has runs of 74, 64 and 58 yards this season.
"Smith is a bigger running back, but don't let his size fool you — he will be an every-down player that hits the hole hard and has speed on the edge," Cummings said.