|High School:||St. Bonaventure|
AT COLORADO: This Season (Soph.)-Enters the fall as one of four players in a most competitive deadlock at tailback. More than one will play, but the camp battle will be who fights for the most playing time and what else their different skill sets can provide. He led all players in rushing with 154 yards in the three main spring scrimmages. He was the recipient of the Fred Casotti Award as the most improved offensive back during spring ball, as selected by the coaching staff. He was a fourth-team preseason All-Big 12 selection by Phil Steele's College Football.
2008 (Fr.)-He saw action in 11 games, including one start (Iowa State); he missed the Oklahoma State game with an ankle sprain. He finished second on the team in rushing with 343 yards, picking those up on 87 carries for a 3.9 average per rush. He scored one touchdown, the final points in CU's season-opening win over Colorado State in Denver. The 343 yards were the seventh-most by a freshman in school history for a single season. Top games included Iowa State (19 rushes, 87 yards), Texas A&M (10-66) and CSU (11-54). In the A&M game, he had his season long rush of 42 yards. He earned 18 first downs (14 rush, four receiving). He also hauled in nine catches for 105 yards (11.7 per), with a long grab of 38 yards on a trick play from Scotty McKnight against Texas. He didn't punt other than in practice, but he was right there if needed. Though the predictions didn't come to fruition largely due to injuries (groin, ankle), in the preseason, The Sporting News selected him as the Big 12's top impact freshman and Lindy's Big 12 Football tabbed him as the Offensive Newcomer of the Year in the conference.
HIGH SCHOOL-Widely considered as the nation's top running back prospect in the 2007 recruiting class. Earned All-America honors from Parade, Prep Star (Dream Team), SuperPrep and USA Today; EA Sports selected him to its second-team and he participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio after the season. SuperPrep ranked him as the top player in the Far West Region and in its Elite 50 as the No. 4 overall player and as the nation's top running back, the latter also done by Rivals.com. Scored a near-perfect 208 points in making the prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best-In-West Team (on all 7 ballots, six first-place votes). The Tacoma News-Tribune named him to its Western 100 team (one of 14 running backs). He was selected to the CalHiSports.com and All-CIF Northern Division first-teams. A three-time, first-team All-Conference performer, he earned All-State honors his junior and senior seasons. He rushed for 2,433 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior, with his long run of 48 yards coming in the state title game, and he had seven games with 150 or more yards; he also caught seven passes for 134 yards and two scores, and was even called upon to punt, as he had a 36.9 average on 13 punts, with eight inside-the-20 and a long of 54. In leading St. Bonaventure to the state championship, he had 897 yards and 11 touchdowns in five postseason games; in the title game against Central Catholic, he rushed 17 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns, and threw a 16-yard touchdown pass that sealed a 35-21 win. As a junior at Moorpark, he had 337 rushes for 3,194 yards (9.5 per), with 45 touchdowns and a long run of 80 as he topped 200 yards 10 time for the season; he also caught 10 balls for 122 yards and another score. He had 292 carries for 1,988 yards (6.8 per), with 19 touchdowns (80 long), with eight catches for 103 yards. He played some free safety at Moorpark as a freshman and sophomore; he started the playoff game as a true frosh and led the team in tackles with 15. For his career, he rushed for 7,605 yards and 99 touchdowns, as he gained 100 or more yards 37 times in his 41-game high school career, including a streak of 21 straight, and had 18 games of 200 or more yards. He finished as California's fourth all-time leading rusher; he had 5,182 yards and 64 touchdowns at Moorpark before he transferred to St. Bonaventure. He scored at least one touchdown in every career game. Some top career games included the following: in a 51-21 win over Camarillo as junior, he rushed 15 times for 306 yards and six touchdowns (with a pair of 2-point conversions); that same year in a 45-0 win over Newbury Park, he had 18 carries for 278 yards and five TDs; as a senior, in a 41-33 win over Oaks Christian, he had 26 tries for 234 yards ad five scores and St. Bonaventure ended OCHS' section-record 48 game winning streak. St. Bonaventure was 14-1 his senior year under coach Todd Therrian, claiming the Division III state championship as well as the CIF Southern Section (Northern Division) crown; Moorpark was 12-3 his sophomore and junior seasons under coach Tim Lins, reaching the state title game both seasons; ironically, they lost to St. Bonaventure his sophomore season. He also lettered twice in track, participating his freshman and sophomore seasons (sprints, relays); he owned a personal best of 10.5 in the 100-meter dash.
ACADEMICS-He is undecided on his major at Colorado, but is enrolled in CU's School of Arts & Sciences. He maintained a 3.0 grade point average in high school.
PERSONAL-Born April 16, 1989 in Tallahassee, Fla. Hobbies include spending time with friends and watching movies. His uncle, Josh Smith, was a sophomore wide receiver on the CU football team when he was a freshman; the two played together at Moorpark in their prep careers. He had approximately 70 scholarship offers from Division I-A colleges.