UNLV football transfer hails from Tom Brady’s high school; was ranked as Northern Cali’s No. 1 RB prospect

Report: Adonis Smith, a transfer from Northwestern, will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out 2012


Associated Press

Northwestern’s Adonis Smith runs with the ball during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 in Evanston, Ill. Smith announced Wednesday he is transferring to UNLV

The UNLV football team has reportedly landed a transfer from the Big 10 Conference.

Adonis Smith, who rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns in 2011 for Northwestern, announced Wednesday he is coming to UNLV, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Smith will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2012 season.

“One of my goals will be to help UNLV gain a bowl berth and compete for a conference title in the near future,” Smith wrote in an email to the Chicago Tribune.

Smith hails from Junipero Serra High in Northern California — the same school that produced Tom Brady, Lynn Swann and Barry Bonds.

He was ranked in 2009 as the No. 1 running back prospect in Northern California by evaluating website Scout.com, gaining 1,534 rushing yards, 1,802 all-purpose yards and scoring 15 touchdowns in a quality California league.

At Northwestern, he rushed for 197 yards on 41 carries as a true freshman in 2010, gaining 61 yards on 11 carries in the TicketCity Bowl.

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  1. Adonis! Love the name already! Welcome to the Rebels! Maybe this will be the start of getting more transfers-much like the BB team does.

    You are part of a foundation being built NOW! Take advantage of it and good luck!!!