August 9, 2010

Colorado State adds quarterback to commit list

The Colorado State Rams have their quarterback for the recruiting class of 2011. Richmond (Tex.) signalcaller Conner Smith committed to the Rams coaching staff on Sunday, making Smith the tenth known commitment this year.

Smith is a 6-foot-4, 213-pounder with 4.9 speed in the 40-yard dash and scholarship offers from Colorado State and UTEP. Smith has flown under the radar to some extent after throwing for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns for a Richmond High School offense that threw an average of just 12 times per game a year ago.

"I liked it," Smith said of Colorado State. "I feel like I am wanted there. I feel like they really want me and I think that is one of the things you should look for. I just felt like it was the right place."

Smith and his father were in Fort Collins last week to check out a Colorado State practice as well as the surrounding area and the college. He said he liked the atmosphere and the generally close-knit personality of the team. He added the tempo of practice impressed him.

"It felt pretty good," he said of his commitment. "I am pretty excited about it. I really liked it when I was there and I really liked the coaches. I think I'll be able to work well with them. It should work pretty well with them. I called the coaches and they were screaming and hollering, so I'll take that as a good sign.

"I think I am going to fit in well. Just watching the quarterback go through the drills, I thought it was a place I could hopefully get into and get some early playing time."

Smith said he anticipates being redshirted upon his arrival to Colorado State and said a big reason for his commitment was the fact he will be coached by Steve Fairchild. The Rams' head coach was previously an offensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams and Buffalo Bills. Smith felt that experience should help him with his goal of reaching the National Football League.

"Coach Fairchild told me he can prepare me better than anybody for the NFL, which is where I want to be," Smith said.

Now, Smith said, he can go into his senior season without the pressure of picking a college. He said Richmond will bring back just four returning starters on each side, but said offensively that includes two running backs, himself and former CSU target and SMU commit, Carter Wall.

"I've talked to (Wall) about (Colorado State)," Smith said. "I was hoping he would go to Colorado State because it would be cool to play high school and college ball with him, but I don't know. He said SMU just seemed to be the place for him and he fit in. I can't change his mind, but I am def going to get him to try and come to Colorado State."

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