Running back Wilbert Smith of Montclair Prep and wide receiver Soren Halladay of Hart High have made oral commitments to attend Division I universities.
Smith, second in the state in scoring this season, has committed to Illinois. Halladay, co-player of the year in the Foothill League, has chosen Brigham Young.
The signing period for high school seniors begins Feb. 2.
Smith, who also made a recruiting visit to Texas, said he chose Illinois because he likes his chances to become the team’s starting tailback as a freshman.
“They had to move a fullback to tailback last year because they didn’t have one,” Smith said. “I just felt right there. And I liked their academic support system for athletes.”
Halladay turned down offers to visit Utah State and Colorado State.
“I’m Mormon, and (BYU) is a Mormon school,” Halladay said. “Growing up, I always dreamed of playing for BYU. And I have some relatives who live in Provo. Some schools showed interest in me, but the minute they heard about BYU and that I was Mormon. . . . “
Smith (5-foot-9, 180 pounds) ranked third in the state with 2,512 yards rushing in 236 carries (a 10.6-yard average) and led the Mounties (10-1) to the second round of the Southern Section Division VII playoffs. He scored 41 touchdowns--32 rushing--and finished with 248 points.
Halladay (6-2, 185) had 49 receptions for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns and also had two interceptions as a defensive back. He helped lead Hart (10-2) to a league championship and the second round of the Division II playoffs.