December 9, 2011

Deveon Smith offered by childhood favorite

Despite growing up in Northeast Ohio, Warren Howland running back Deveon Smith didn't grow up a fan of scarlet and gray. On the contrary, he preferred the colors of Ohio State's main rival, Michigan. That affinity for maize and blue turned him into a fan of the Wolverines as he grew older.

Smith's childhood favorite gave him good news this week, when Michigan's coaching staff became the first to offer the 5-11, 195-pound back. That doesn't mean that he's an instant commitment to Michigan, however, or even that the Wolverines move to the top of his list.

As with most prospects, comfort at the school will be a big factor in Smith's recruitment. He got off to a strong start with Michigan by taking a visit earlier this fall. He was in attendance as the Wolverines ended a seven-year drought against Ohio State.

Despite his size, he's a powerful runner, and he has the speed to run away from defenders, as well. He estimates that he ran for 2,200 yards on just 160 carries, good for over 13 yards per carry. According to Howland head coach Dick Angle, his star runner brings another important skill to the table.

For Michigan fans reminiscing about the sure-handed Mike Hart, that's a great thing to hear. Michigan was the first program to offer the junior, but they won't be the last. The competition for his signature is just getting started.

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