Devin Smith: 2008 Prospect

Notre Dame will look to solidify its defensive backfield with the 2008 recruiting class. Junior Devin Smith of Coppell High School (Texas) may be one of the top prospects in Texas and he is interested in the Irish.

Devin Smith (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) will get a lot of looks from Division I programs, but only a few will get serious consideration. Notre Dame needs to land some talented athletes and they have been in touch with Smith.

"Yes sir, they've sent me a lot of letters. I think I started getting them about midseason," Smith replied when asked if Notre Dame had been in contact with him. "I know Notre Dame has an amazing football program and it's also a great school.

"I've been watching them. I like coach Weis and what he's done the past few years. It's a really good program. I think I'd be able to fit in there really well. My Grandfather loves Notre Dame."

Besides the Irish Smith has been receiving recruiting material from some other top programs.

"Oklahoma, LSU, Boston College, Texas Tech, Texas A&M have been sending me letters," Smith explained. "I haven't gotten a letter from Texas, but they came to one of my games and were watching me.

"I went out to USC this summer and saw their practices. It was pretty neat. I've always liked them.

"USC, OU, LSU and Notre Dame are my favorites right now, but I'm keeping my options open," he added.

Smith's talent and ability aren't the question at this point. He has plenty of both. The question is what position he'll play once he arrives on a college campus.

"I'm not sure, I think they'll be looking at me as an athlete," Smith responded when asked which position he was being recruited to play. "I had some success running the ball this year, but I think cornerback is probably my best position.

"I've played against some Division I players like Emmanuel Moody (USC), and Adron Tennell who goes to Oklahoma. I'm able to make plays when I'm on the field I can read the quarterback well and I'm able to break on the ball.

"I want to go to a good program, but I also want to go to a good program where I will be able to play. You don't want to go to a school that has a lot of defensive backs. I'll look at their recruiting list and see whether they have a lot of defensive backs. I want to be able to play. I don't want to go and sit for three years, so I'm going to take that into consideration."

As a junior Smith had seven interceptions and 50 tackles. As a sophomore he had five interception and 45 tackles.

Smith reported a 3.6 g.p.a.


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