There were few campers more impressive than Detroit Southeastern wideout Fred Smith during Michigan’s annual four-day camp this week. The 6-2, 205-pounder’s blend of size, power, and speed overmatched practically every defensive back he faced. The ever-confident youngster believed he could have his way with any player that lined up across from him, and he was right.
“I didn’t feel like any of them could hold me,” Smith said regarding those whose task it was to cover him. “I’m being real honest with you…. I didn’t think any of them could cover me.”
While the one-on-ones were clearly the most exciting portion of his camping experience, Smith found other aspects enjoyable as well
“The camp went real good,” he said. “I had a strong impact. It was a good experience to get up there to see how Coach Campbell coaches. He was showing me some different routes and telling me some things about my route running that helped me out a lot. It was just good getting up there and being able to play. At first they were like just come up here and watch, but if I was going to go up there, I was going to play. I’m going back up there when I get a chance. I’m going to talk to Mallett. I didn’t get a chance to talk to any of the players while I was there. It was all straight business.”
When not working on technique or running by defenders on the field, Smith was spending time chatting with the Michigan coaches. Among the topics that came up was his decision timetable.
“I had lunch with Coach Campbell and we talked for a while, and then I went over and talked with Coach Carr after the second one-on-ones. They asked me what I was waiting on, but I didn’t have a response (laughing). I just want to ride it out and make sure I make the right decision.”
“I don’t think I’m going to Ohio State this week,” he continued. “I’m going to Michigan State Saturday. My parents are going up with me. It’s basically like a tour. My parents haven’t been up there yet. They’ve already been up to Michigan. I’m not going to be (making a decision) this weekend. I think I’ll probably decide in a month. I’m going to give it one more month.”
When Smith does settle in on his choice, the input he receives from his family will be one of the most important factors. In a previous interview with GoBlueWolverine he mentioned their need to “get on the same page.” It now appears they are close to doing just that.
“My parents don’t really understand the recruiting process,” Smith explained. “They just tell me wait a while longer, but they don’t understand that certain schools only have a certain amount of scholarships to offer. If they give out those scholarships before you’re ready to commit, you’re stuck. They don’t really understand that so we just have to sit down and talk about it.”
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Smith in the coming weeks.