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March 2013 - Signing Day Edition

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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football recruiting issue De���Veon Smith Is Ready To Wear Maize And Blue Back when Warren (Ohio) How- as much stock in recruiting rankings land running back De���Veon Smith and star ratings as fans do. committed in March 2012, the MichiThey believe they found a good gan coaching staff told him right up one in Smith, whose rough-andfront that there tumble style on would most likely the field will cerbe another runtainly translate to ning back prosthe more pro-style pect joining him attack the team is in the 2013 class. transitioning toSmith did not ward. shy away from ���De���Veon is the the competition, same type of back pledging to Michas Derrick, just not igan and never as big,��� Michigan wavering in that ru n n i n g b a c k s commitment. coach Fred JackStill, Smith son said. ���Derrick, probably didn���t I heard somebody guess that the say that he is simiWolverines would lar to Anthony land the No. 1 Thomas. I don���t running back in want to compare nation, accordhim to anyone ing to, other than he���s Smith started from his freshman year on, different than AnDerrick Green. Even w i t h and he closed his prep career with 6,750 thony and Chris Green on board, rushing yards and 82 total touchdowns. Perry ��� he���s built photo courtesy Smith signed his like Chris, but his letter of intent on National Signing style reminds you of Anthony. Next Day ��� and he will now look to com- fall you will see he is unique. pete for playing time next fall. ���On film, they are very similar. Der���When I get up there, they���re go- rick can roll for a big man. He was ing to see that I���m physical,��� Smith clocked at 4.4 at 240 pounds. De���Veon said. ���I���m not scared of anyone or is 4.5, right there. He gets angry when anything. I have power and speed, you hit him. It ticks him off when and I can make you miss me and I you hit him. He just runs harder and can be a leader.��� harder after he gets hit. He���s a contact The Wolverines��� coaches don���t take frenzy kind of guy who seems like he

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