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February 18, 2010

Kansas first to offer Wichita back

When you watch Dreamius Smith it is easy to see the athletic ability and upside he possesses.

At 6-foot and 205 pounds he has both the speed and power to attract the attention from college recruiters. Last season he rushed for over 1300 yards helping Wichita Heights to the state title game. And he will only get better from here on out.

"He's a talented kid," said Rick Wheeler, the head coach at Wichita Heights. "He had a knee injury as a freshman so he couldn't play football or basketball. So his sophomore season was a year of transition."

Heights runs an option-style attack where Smith technically lined up as a fullback according to Wheeler. He burst on the recruiting scene when his junior film went out.

"In our system he's a fullback but he's really our feature back," Wheeler said. "If we were an I-formation team he would be the main back. I think down the road he will be more an I-back that can do a lot of things. He's got great speed and you combine that with a kid that weighs 205 pounds and that is a good combination."

There are several good athletes on the Heights roster and Smith is the fastest of them all. It is his upside and future ability that helped him land his first scholarship offer from Kansas.

"I've spent a lot of either on the phone or by email with coach Robert Wimberly," Wheeler said. "He seems like a great guy. It is always big to get that first offer. It seems like the Kansas staff has hit the ground running and identifying Kansas talent."

The Jayhawks aren't the only ones in the hunt. Mail has been coming from several schools including Kansas State. On Thursday Wheeler fielded a call from Bill Young at Oklahoma State and many more are likely to follow suit.


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