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Wisconsin has been a mecca for running backs in recent years, producing NFL talent like Heisman winner Ron Dayne, the Vikings’ Michael Bennett, the Broncos’ Montee Ball, the Patriots James White and current Chargers phenom Melvin Gordon.

And now the Badgers want a Lee County kid.

According to, Lee County High School junior Jahmir Smith is being recruited heavily by not only Wisconsin but East Carolina University (which produced Chris Johnson) as well. Stanford, Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest have also expressed interest.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Smith ran for 2,130 yards and a mind-boggling 40 touchdowns (seriously, 40 damn touchdowns) this past season as the Jackets went 12-2 before losing a thriller to Jacksonville in the 3AA East semifinals.

Smith told that he didn’t know a ton about Wisconsin, but had heard about all the great running backs and offensive linemen the school has produced over the years.

“That grabs my attention,” he said. “I’ve also heard that it’s a good school.”

Smith will visit Wisconsin this spring. In the meantime, watch some highlights of Smith’s 193-yard, 5-TD effort against Jacksonville in the playoffs: