With video: Michigan football picks up commitment from Ohio's No.1 tailback, Deveon Smith
The start of spring camp has the Michigan football program atwitter about the 2012 season.
It's not feeling so bad about 2013 as well.
The Wolverines picked up a verbal commitment Saturday from top-ranked Ohio running back Deveon Smith, according to The Wolverine and other recruiting outlets.
Michigan's 2013 class now stands at 16 commits, triple any other team in the Big Ten. Ohio State is next closest with five.
More importantly, Michigan continues to attack Ohio, a stronghold for football recruiting that typically sways the Buckeyes' way. However, coach Brady Hoke has implemented a philosophy of starting early and casting a wide net in recruiting, and it has paid off in his native state.
Smith is Ohio's No. 3 overall player, according to Scout. That means the Wolverines now have secured commitments from two of that state's top-three overall players, joining No. 2 Dymonte Thomas, a safety.
Michigan has pledges from six of the state's 20 best recruits, and seven overall. Its class features Ohio's No. 1 player at safety (Thomas), tailback (Smith) and tight end (Jake Butt), as well as the No. 2 linebacker (Mike McCray).
Smith is a gem, and he comes at a position of need for the Wolverines, who had not picked up a prototypical power back to run in offensive coordinator Al Borges' West Coast system.
He stands 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, and is a four-star player for Warren Howland High School.
Smith is the second tailback to commit to Michigan for 2013, joining Detroit Catholic Central's Wyatt Shallman. However, Shallman projects as more of a fullback.