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Forum staff reports, Published January 11 2011

College football: Highly ranked linebacker recruit picks UND

Fresno Bullard (Calif.) High School football coach Don Arax says linebacker Aarin Smith might have been two inches too short to attract the attention of the big in-state California programs.

Smith, who verbally committed to the Sioux over the weekend, is the first Rivals three-star recruit UND has ever landed.

According to Rivals, a prospect-ranking website, Smith is the first three-star recruit to commit to one of the four Division I programs in North Dakota and South Dakota this season.

Rivals also ranks Smith as the No. 81 prospect in California’s class of 2011.