Willowbrook (Ill.) three star ranked outside linebacker prospect Rahkeem Smith (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) thought he was all set to become a part of the University of Iowa's 2005 recruiting class, yet Smith has reopened his recruiting process and talks about his latest recruiting news.
"I've reopened my recruiting process," Smith said. "I committed to Iowa back in early September, but things have really changed for me with Iowa over the last 3-4 weeks."
Smith talked about his recent difficulties with his verbal commitment to Iowa.
"I stopped getting calls and mail from Iowa nearly a month ago if not longer. I've tried calling and emailing the coaches at Iowa, and I've never heard back from them at all. I'm definitely disappointed that they couldn't get back to me, and I'm really not sure why they have all of a sudden stopped calling or recruiting me. The only thing I can think of was that my first quarter grades weren't great, but we are on semesters and my fall semester grades came in very strong. I was able to buckle down all pull up those first quarter grades by the end of the semester. That's the only thing I can think of, and I'm on target to being a full academic qualifier."
Smith has since moved on and has already set an official visit with Illinois.
"Right now I'm just trying to let all of the schools who were recruiting me before know that I've reopened my recruiting back up. I've spoken with coaches from Indiana, Pitt, Louisville, Illinois and Western Michigan over the last few weeks. I still have offers on the table from both Indiana and Pitt. Illinois has offered me an official visit and I'm taking that visit on January 21st. Coach (Ron) Zook is also planning to make an in home visit over the next week or so, and Illinois seems very interested right now."
Smith is also hoping to set up a few more official visits shortly.
"Both Indiana and Pitt have talked about me taking an official visit soon, and they both seem very interested. I'm just looking to get a chance to play at the next level, and hopefully everything will work out."