Emil Smith, who recently committed to play football at Boise State in 2011, died Saturday evening in a car accident, according to reports.
Smith, from Perris, Calif., was a passenger in a speeding car. He was taken to the hospital, but pronounced dead an hour later, according to The Palm Desert Sun.
Here is an account from the Press Enterprise in Riverside, Calif.
Scout.com is reporting that it was Smith, the Boise State recruit, and I have been able to confirm that information.
Max Corbet, spokesman for the Boise State athletic department, said the department learned of Smith's passing Sunday morning.
"Coach (Chris) Petersen and his staff are definitely saddened by the passing of this young man," Corbet said.
A message left with Pete Duffy, Smith's high school football coach at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., has not been returned.
When Smith committed, Duffy said "he's an excellent student and a really good kid."
Smith, a high school linebacker who anticipated playing the nickel position in Boise State's defense, said he had offers from Air Force, Duke and UTEP and was talking with Pac-10 schools such as USC, Oregon State and Washington before choosing Boise State.
"When I went down to the camp, everything they have blew me away. ... It's a great program to be a part of," Smith said in a June 29 Idaho Statesman article.