Not U-M, but Deveon reminds me a lot of Emmitt Smith
Hello: DeVeon Smith
Sam Webb is reporting that Warren (OH) Howland RB DeVeon Smith committed to Michigan today. Smith becomes the 16th member of Brady Hoke's class of 2013, and the 14th to earn a four-star rating from at least one recruiting service. It is St. Patrick's Day and the CCHA title game is in full swing, so the informative portion of this post will be coming tomorrow.
This dude sure looks like a powerful runner on his film. Can't wait to see him in maize and blue!
Dude is a beast. Plus he has 20 stars worth of offensive line to run behind. Cant wait!
Plus 5 more stars at QB!! Now let's get really crazy and snag Treadwell at WR.
Great, great news. The weekend is turning around. Go Blue!!!!!!!!!!!!
I usually never quote anything from behind a paywall, but I'll get in a quickie:
"He's very gifted," said Howland coach Dick Angle. "He's got tremendous balance and power. He doesn't fumble. He's got great hands. He is an outstanding blocker."
That's what the coach said. This is what I see when I read that comment:
"Blah Blah Blah," said Howland coach Dick Angle. "He's got tremendous blah and blah. HE DOESN'T FUMBLE. He's got blah blah. He is blah blah blah."
Full article here:http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1344442
High school coach named "Dick Angle?"
Does he have any eligibility left?
I can't believe it. I am really getting old.
I read a story with a quote from a guy named "Dick Angle" and didn't (1) notice or (2) start going heh-heh-heh
I missed it too... For shame!
I blame it on being late..... oh shit did I just refer to 11:37pm as late.
The reports I have read list Dick Angle as somewhere between 70 and 90; that, of course, would render him useless.
Feast on the tears of the Buckeyes. They wanted this one. Top running back in the state of Ohio.
I don't really think he runs like Minor, personally. Way better balance, much more compact. To me, he looks very much like Emmit Smith (but without the extra gear in the open field.)
Low center of gravity with quick feet were ruuning back quailty ES possess. His ability to break arm tackles is outstanding.
I'm glad we got another bruiser.
Welcome aboard and congratulations young man. May your academic and athletic career at Michigan be successful.
I watched the highlight films of Smith, Isaac and Green and my takeaway was any of them would be a great get, but I like Smith's highlight film the best. He seems to have moves, run people over, and he has a nasty stiff arm.
I'm strongly in favor of adding Ty Isaac as well. With Morris, our OL recruits and our all-around defensive recruits the last two years, the most important recruits are super-elite RBs (Smith and Isaac qualify in my book) and super-elite WRs.
My #1 wish list recruit now is Treadwell with Isaac at #2 and stud DL #3 (with Mattison I'm sure we'll fill #3).
Just watched the highlights and man that kid is tough to bring down. Breaking tackles left and right. We're going to have some bruising backs coming in!
to look at the height/weight of recruits, and immediately be able to pick out the lockers.
well played indeed.
How is his first name pronounced?
Also welcome aboard. :) Kid looks like he'll be an exciting player.
Is that you?
I'm so ecstatic about this commit. DeVeon is an absolute bruiser and fits the pro style offense perfectly. Anyone who feels differently is foolish. So happy about this pick up.
That's a good recruit. Now if Ty comes along it will be even better!
That's wishing for a lot, Shallman is recruited as a rb not fb so 3 top. rbs seems a bit much. smith sounds like the ideal guy
is 5 foot 11 and weighs 200+ pounds=BEAST!!!TOP BACK IN OHIO=MAD BUCK FANS!!!GO BLUE!!!
does he complete a commitment pair, or should we expect another soon?
with all the basketball and hockey the past few days, i've lost track.
Any news on the Orndoff kid?? That would be his match.
what better way to celebrate st. patty's day then welcomng aboard a first class kid in smith!? welcome to your new home and get to know that big oline that will help lead the way to a great career at michigan!
Hellz yeah! DeVeon, welcome aboard.
Here's Allen Trieu on DeVeon a few weeks ago:
"DeVeon Smith: RB - Warren Howland (Ohio): He's a compact back with uncanny balance and ability to break arm tackles. The kid is strong and runs with a refusal to be tackled. His ability to keep his feet while making cuts, breaking tackles and shoving would-be tacklers into the ground, is outstanding. He may not be a 4.4 guy, but we really like him and see him as a likely Scout 300 guy."
4.4 guys are nice in open space, but we aren't running an offense for LaMichael James anymore. If all that's holding back his rating is top-end speed, all the better.
Talk about a kid who loves contact. His YAC stats must be scary.
Welcome to Michigan, DeVeon! Can't wait to see you in a winged helmet!
I like his ball security in that picture. Kid does not want to give up the rock.
Presumably, there will be
2 more WR (as per Z. Bradshaw)
1 DT (Poggi, Vanderdoes, Latham, Adams)
2 LB (Gedeon, Levenberry)
1 SDE (lacoture, Mathis, etc)
That would put us at 22...not counting the fact that I think the coaches want to be able to take someone like Su'a Cravens and there has been talk of a 3rd TE. I think the Isaac ship has sailed based on the numbers...I actually feel bad for the kid if he wanted to go to Michigan...recruiting is getting more front loaded and these are HS kids being forced into quick decisions and/or losing the ability to go where they want...
5'11 / 210, still has a year left of H.S. Ball and is known for not letting the rock hit the turf.....
Ladies and Gentlemen..... prepare for sustained, clock eating, drives that leaves the other teams defense saying WTF......
I'm pretty sure Hoke told Shallman there would only be 2 RBs in this class...this will clear up in the next few days no doubt.
I don't care about anyone else right now. DeVeon is an amazing player, loves Blue, and fits our system. Welcome, Mr. Smith, and GO BLUE!
I'll say this. It's amazing how many of you have come around on Smith. Just a week ago, it was Isaac this, Isaac that. It was unbearable to be honest. As someone who was a hipster Smith fan, I couldn't be happier. He's a great fit for what Brady Hoke wants the offense to be. Seems like a TREMENDOUS kid. I'm really happy he committed and I wish him the best of luck.
of Smith, then you probably believe Smith "sold out" by accepting our offer ;]
By my count, DeVeon's addition gives Michigan 8 of the current top 76 recruits according to Scout.
He's a strong runner and he wants to be here. I'm sold.
The combination of Smith and our o-line in a couple of years is just going to be DIRTY!!!!
This is incredible. He was the back I really wanted (over Isaac). Great, great news.
as I scrolled through ESPN's Watch List, which is in alphabetical order, we have at least 1 commit on 7 of 10 pages. I know, I know, ESPN football recruiting, blah blah, but this still amazes me. We are getting guys that are recognized across the board by recruiting services. ESPN was, if my memory serves me correctly, the one service with which we always had the fewest highly ranked players. I know this is only their watch list, and not an actual top 150, but maybe just maybe, M recruits/players might get some respect from the "Worldwide Leader in Sports". I love every bit of how this class is coming together so quickly and with recruits that fit the mold perfectly for the future our amazing coach has envisioned. I feel like a schoolgirl giddy with excitement for this team's future!
Double your fun!
Excited to have DeVeon. He seems like more of a natural fit for what Borges and Hoke are planning to run. I would still love to have Isaac too, but if not, I'm very happy with Smith and Shallman pounding the ball. Also, as much as I would love to have Isaac, and as much as people keep saying that Isaac told TomVH or Sam Webb that he's not afraid of some RB competition...well, all the recruits say they are not afraid of competition, but the reality is that many recruits DO look at the roster to see how many players are at their respective positions. Hopefully Isaac isn't scared of the competition. Again, excited that DeVeon chose Michigan!
Your logic is wrong. Top tier 5* players like Isaac don't worry about competition. USC with Pete Carrol and more recently Alabama have always had stacked classes and it didn't stop them. A kid like Isaac thinks he's better and will win the job, he won't worry about competition.
I love this kid's highlight tape! He refuses to go down and I can't wait to see him and the beasts we're getting up front wearing down B1G defenses for 3-4 years and opening up playaction for Shane. Every time we get another piece of the puzzle like this, I can't help but laugh like Roscoe P. Coltrane..."OOOOOhhhh Cyuh Cyuh Cyuh"!!!!!
i always thought osu was a good team. they played good football. i enjoyed when michigan played them win or lose. but since meyer went to osu i do not like them. sec is crooked and he is back to his sec ways. so meyer i hope you fall flat on your face and leave after three years like i think you will. michigan will rule.