Hello: DeVeon Smith

Submitted by Ace on March 17th, 2012 at 8:36 PM

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.



March 18th, 2012 at 9:10 AM ^

What he says and what he does are two different things.  Iv'e been following recruiting for a lot of years and usually (not always) once a position fills up recruits start losing interest.  It makes it too easy for other schools to start negative recruiting about lack of playing time etc.  This happens especially with top level recruits who have a lot of other great options.  Having said that it makes me really respect the ones who don't care about that and really do have confidence in themselves and love the competition.  I would love to be wrong in this case.  Just sayin...

STW P. Brabbs

March 18th, 2012 at 9:39 AM ^

But in relation to the comment by Jdon above, I don't feel like Shallman necessarily plays such a prominent role in the calculus here.  He's definitely a specialty player, and I would think Isaac might recognize that. 

Landing Smith may still negatively affect our odds with Isaac, though.  I think you're right about that.  Let's just cross our fingers for some golden nugget magic on that front.  At least Isaac doesn't look like he'll end up with a conference rival (unlike Smith.)


March 17th, 2012 at 9:08 PM ^

At this point last year, we did not have a single commit.  Now we have 16, with almost everyone being rated a 4 star on AT LEAST one site.  This recruiting class is insane, and it will likely just become more so, and the way it will get there is by going slowly, and giving the best players time to take officials and see how great of a thing we have going in Ann Arbor.


March 18th, 2012 at 12:46 AM ^

Of our running back prospects, he could be our best fit for the offense. I've been a DeVeon fan for a long time aka before the last week when every seemed to jump aboard the wagon. He IS a fantastic addition to the class.

Cville Blue

March 17th, 2012 at 9:05 PM ^

I'm very excited to have Smith commit. He is just what we need. I can't wait to see him running through the giant holes our OL will create for him. Poor safeties won't know what hit them.


March 17th, 2012 at 9:14 PM ^

Jackson. I know it is a high school film and a highlight film at that. Still, when I look at him run, it seems like he runs with a bit of rage.


March 17th, 2012 at 9:18 PM ^

YESSS!!  I'm am so happy to see Deveon join Big Blue.  With the running game Hoke and Burgess are putting together with their recruited O-line, TEs, and FB, this I-formation monster will be a huge piece to the puzzle.


March 17th, 2012 at 9:20 PM ^

but doesn't something about his running style remind you a bit of Brandon Minor?  He's definitely got some Minor RAGE in him.  He's probably a little more nifty on the cutbacks, but still... seems like a physical, tough North-South ballcarrier.  

Very nice pickup to go with Shallman in the backfield.  These are tough hombres who fit into the evolving character of the team as a bunch of dudes you'd want in a streetfight.  Say, in a trash tornado, for example.