Sooner Snapshot: RB David Smith

As national signing day approaches on Feb. 1, Brandon Chatmon is breaking down every commitment and signee in the Sooners' 2012 recruiting class. View all of our profiles here.

Name: David Smith

Position: Running back

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.