De’VONTA SMITH

RB, 5’11”, 185, Central High School (Brooksville, FL)

De’Vonta Smith finished his career with video-game stats, rushing for 6,257 yards (160.4 per game) and 61 touchdowns (33 his senior season alone). His 2,913 senior-season rushing yards were 16th nationally and 37 total touchdowns ranked 62nd. Along the way, Smith was named Florida 5-A All-State first-team, USA Today Florida All-State, and honored as the North Suncoast Area Offensive Player of the Year.

For his career, Smith tallied 7,271 all-purpose yards (186.4 yards per game) and scored 66 total touchdowns.

Smith is that more compact runner that App State has dominated with in years past, in the form of Marcus Cox and Jalin Moore. An elusive and patient runner, when Smith splits a seam he’s very difficult to catch. He has great burst and is a physical runner when the situation demands, but he fits the Mountaineer running game perfectly. Expect the tandem of Smith and Daetrich Harrington to bring a contrasting dual threat to the field for years to come.

RECRUITING COORDINATOR & COACH SCOT SLOAN ANALYSIS

De’VONTA SMITH HIGHLIGHTS

KEY MOMENT: At 0:21, with seven in the box defensively Smith works his way through traffic until he finds the open lane and the bursts past everyone for the long score.

APP STATE MANIA ANALYSIS

Smith’s highlights are just are blur of long scoring runs, which is a testament to his game-breaking speed and vision. A lot of his runs occurred out of a traditional I look, so learning the nuances of App State’s zone read will be a part of his learning curve, but Smith already runs with great patience. His cuts have a hint of Jalin Moore to them.


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