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Rodney Smith commits to Minnesota

Mundy's Mill running back Rodney Smith, who rushed for 2,201 yards this past season, committed to Minnesota on Thursday evening. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Mundy's Mill running back Rodney Smith, who rushed for 2,201 yards this past season, committed to Minnesota on Thursday evening. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Mundy's Mill running back Rodney Smith has verbally committed to Minnesota.

The all-state performer chose the Golden Gophers over East Carolina and Southern Mississippi. Smith was scheduled to visit Southern Miss this weekend, but has cancelled that trip according to his father, Patrick Smith.

"I'm an extremely happy and proud father," said Patrick Smith, who also serves as Mundy's Mill's offensive coordinator. "Everything Rodney has gotten, he has earned it."

Smith led the Tigers to their best season in the program's history this past season. Mundy's Mill won eight straight games to reach the Class AAAAA quarterfinals before losing to Gainesville.

Smith showed no ill-effects fromoffseason knee surgery as he rushed for rushed for 2,201 yards and 26 touchdowns to earn all-region, all-state and was named the Clayton News Daily Offensive Player of the Year.

Smith's 2012 season ended with a knee injury against Ola in the ninth game of the season, but still managed 1,575 yards. In that Ola game, he had 197 yards in the first quarter before the knee injury.

A middle infielder on the school's baseball team, Smith is considered a Major League draft prospect. Patrick Smith, who is the school's baseball coach, said several teams have been inquiring about his son.

It will be the second straight signing day that a player from the Southern Crescent has signed with Minnesota.

Former Dutchtown standout Donovahn Jones made national headlines last February when he flipped his commitment from Missouri to Minnesota. This past season, Jones played in 11 games and had 10 receptions for 157 yards.

Minnesota was led this season by running back David Cobb, who had 1,202 yard rushing and seven touchdowns.