Howland’s Smith “100%” committed to Michigan

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Howland’s DeVeon Smith

Running back DeVeon Smith has confirmed with Wolverine247 that he has committed to Michigan. The 5-11, 210-pounder out of Howland becomes the 16th verbal pledge of Michigan’s 2013 recruiting class.


Running back DeVeon Smith has confirmed with Wolverine247 that he has
committed to Michigan. The 5-11, 210-pounder out of Warren (Ohio)
Howland becomes the 16th verbal pledge of Michigan’s 2013 recruiting
class.

“A big weight is lifted off my shoulders,” Smith said. “I’m 100% committed right now.”

Smith chose the Wolverines over offers from schools such as Ohio
State, Penn State, West Virginia, Indiana and Purdue. He committed
shortly after returning home following today’s visit to Ann Arbor.

“It just seemed too perfect,” Smith said. “It was unbelievable.
Everything went really nice. I didn’t plan on making a decision, but it
really caught my eye.”

Smith had a chance to spend time with several 2012 and 2013
Wolverine commits, including 2013 quarterback Shane Morris, and that
helped seal the deal for Michigan.

“The people that have already committed – I really bonded with
them,” Smith said. “It felt like we knew each other all our lives.”

While Smith was on campus, he sat down with running backs coach Fred Jackson and offensive coordinator Greg Mattison.

“They said I can be a part of a really good football team,” Smith said. “They said they like the big bruising back that I am.”

One key factor Smith was focusing on during today’s visit was
Michigan’s offensive scheme. He liked what he saw in practice and what
he heard from the Wolverine coaches.

“They were doing the I-formation,” Smith said. “I was surprised,
and kind of happy about that. They said that when Denard Robinson
graduates, it’s going to be the I-formation.”

The subject of playing time also came up when Smith was meeting with the Michigan coaches.

“They said they’re going to give me the chance to come here and
start,” Smith began. “But that I’ve got to prove it on the field, and
they’re not going to give me anything. It doesn’t matter what class you
are.”

Smith received a three-star rating with an overall grade of 89
from 247Sports. He rushed for 2,150 yards and 25 touchdowns on 189
carries as a junior, earning Second Team All-State honors for his
efforts.

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