December 14, 2011

Smith has plenty of potential

Michigan became the first Division-1 program to offer Warren (Ohio) Howland junior running back Deveon Smith last week, but they likely won't be the last. According to Tigers coach Dick Angle, Smith is one of the best running backs around.

If you think that sounds like a checklist of traits that Michigan's coaching staff is looking for in a running back, you're probably right. With Michigan's shift back to a pro-style offense, a ballcarrier who can rack up big yardage with the ball in his hands is important. The ability to protect the quarterback key as well, and the 5-11, 200-pound back is a willing blocker.

Smith's skills on the field earned him Division 2 All-Ohio second-team honors as a junior. He racked up nearly 2,200 rushing yards, and 27 touchdowns on the ground. It's only natural that such a talented athlete gets attention. Smith, however, takes it all in stride.

When it comes time to think about a college decision, Michigan should be firmly in the mix. The Wolverines were the first to offer, and he grew up a fan of "that school up north." Smith visited Ann Arbor already this year to get further acquainted with the program.

If Mattison has his way, Smith will be heading up to Ann Arbor again - to join the Michigan program.

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