March 17, 2012
Deveon Smith picks Michigan
Although he was not expecting to come to a decision on his college choice until at least a couple days after returning home from his visit to Ann Arbor, Warren (Ohio) Howland running back Deveon Smith couldn't contain himself, and picked Michigan this evening.
The commitment was the fulfillment of a childhood dream for Smith. Although he's a native of the Buckeye State, he grew up a Michigan fan.
"I grew up as a Michigan fan," he said. "It was random. I just always liked the colors."
The 5-11, 195-pound power back is an excellent fit for Michigan's offense. In fact, that fit is a big part of why he decided to become a Wolverine.
"When I received the offer from Mattison the defensive coordinator," Smith explained, "he said 'you're the type of style of running back that we need at Michigan. We would love to see you play at the Big House.'"
Smith's skillset matches well with what the Wolverines are looking for, evident in his performances on the high school field.
"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."
If you think that sounds like a perfect fit for Michigan's offense, you'd be right.
Smith is the sixteenth commitment in Michigan's Class of 2013, and the second running back, joining Novi (Mich.) Detroit Catholic Central athlete Wyatt Shallman.
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