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Butler’s Smith commits to West Virginia

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at 1:21 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at 7:51 p.m.

Butler running back Dreamius Smith has made an oral commitment to play football at West Virginia.

The Heights graduate, who has a team-high 984 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, helped lead Butler into the Dec. 2 NJCAA championship game against Iowa Western.

When Butler coach Troy Morrell talked about Smith on Tuesday, he repeatedly mentioned Smith’s growth.

His growth as a student. His growth as a person. His growth as an all-around running back.

“He’s changed his body around physically,” Morrell said. “He’s become a lot more productive in other areas than just running. He catches out of the backfield, he blocks well, he carries out fakes well. His ballhandling skills have gotten better.

“Academically, he’s worked hard and put himself in position to graduate in three semesters, so he’s able to transfer at semester, which helps him enter their program in the spring time.”

Smith, who also had offers from Boise State and Oklahoma State, originally committed to Kansas while at Heights, which he helped lead to the 2010 Class 6A title. Smith was ineligible academically, though, and went to Butler.

“He was deemed ineligible after spending the whole summer (at Kansas),” Morrell said. “He had that little taste of that level and then kind of got the carpet pulled out from underneath his feet. He landed here. He came a long way.”

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