Name: DeVeon Smith
Position: Running Back
Height & Weight: 5’11” 210 lbs.
High School: Howland Tigers (OH)
Sean O’Connell, UMGoBlog.com: “DeVeon runs with great power, vision and balance. He rarely gets tackled after first contact and makes defenders pay for attempting to do so. He isn’t a burner by any means, but he does have a decent initial burst. Smith isn’t a shifty back that will juke you out of your shoes, but he’s an overall quality player. DeVeon recently received an Ohio offer, but he did grow up a Michigan fan.”
Jon Jennings, UMGoBlog.com: “The one thing that pops out regarding DeVeon Smith is his strength. He shows great lower body strength by being able to run through defenders whether they attempt to arm tackle him or get him wrapped up. He also has a vicious stiff arm in which he uses violently and often showing great upper body strength. His vision is great however his initial burst through the hole is what makes him very dangerous. He is a one cut and go type of back who despite his lack of top-end speed is very explosive. Smith is definitely a north-south runner who never stops moving his feet. He is able to pick up yards after contact because of this. Will one of the top backs in the mid-west who already holds offers from Michigan and Ohio State.”
Josh Hagerman, UMGoBlog.com: “He is a very strong runner who doesn’t run like some runners do with tunnel vision. Rather, he is almost always one stop and one move ahead of everyone, which leads me to see he has a tremendous football IQ. He would be a great asset because I can see he puts the time in with training, and if coming to Michigan is what he wants, he would flourish with the strength and conditioning program they have. He reminds me a bit of how Ray Rice ran in college, maybe it could translate for him to the NCAA with how much work he has put into his game so far.”
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