September 8, 2007

2009 speedster receiving interest

Athlete Devon Smith will never be one of the bigger skill position players on any field he steps on but that has not held him back so far. The 5-foot-7, 150 pound burner from Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the quickest prospects in the region, and you can't teach speed.

Smith is not only a rising star for Eleanor Roosevelt's football team, but one of the top track stars in the state. This past year he ran the 100 meters in 10.69 seconds and the 200 in 21.42, good enough for third in the state. He said track is something he would like to continue in college, and if he proves he can be a dynamic playmaker on the gridiron not too many coaches will mind.

"There are a lot of schools I'm interested in but I haven't gotten calls or regular mail yet," Smith said. "I've mostly gotten questionnaire packets from schools. I've got those from Tennessee, Eastern Michigan and Florida.

"I'm just basically going to be looking for a school with good coaches and a place where I feel like I can start."

Smith burst onto the recruiting scene earlier this year at the State College NIKE Camp, where he earned MVP honors at the receiver position.

Eleanor Roosevelt's first game is on September 8 and Smith plans on lining up on both sides of the ball.

"I'm going to be playing wide receiver, some running back, defensive back and I'll be returning kicks," he said. "I was a starter last year but I've been varsity since my freshman year. I think receiver is my best position because I've gotten a lot better playing there at the camps. That's probably where most schools will recruit me."

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