Three years ago my good friend Joe Yost, head football coach at Akron Ellet, told me that he had one of the best young players in his coaching career. He went on to say that he was just as good a person, as he was a football player. But because of family, he would probably move to Massillon. He made the move.
Devin Smith has developed into the best wide receiver in the Class of 2011. He has always had the work ethic. He has always had the excellent ball catching skills. He has always had the burst. Watching him this week in a 7on7 contest at Massillon, he now has improved strength and speed. This fall, if Devin will go over the middle and improve his blocking skills, he will have the "complete package." Add to this package is his ability to return kicks and punts.
Devin is faster when the ball is in the air. Very deceptive speed. Catches the ball in a crowd. Also impressive is his speed after the catch. The burst and speed to run away from defenders makes him a "big play" guy.
This week I have seen Braxton Miller and Devin Smith up close and personal. Both are in my top five in the Ohio Class of 2011. They did not let me down.