Mr. Smith Goes to Columbus

Massillon star athlete Devin Smith is well-known as a football star, and that talent will be on display for Ohio State this coming season, but that won't be the only sport he will play for the Buckeyes. Smith will also run track for Ohio State, and if this weekend's state track results are any indication, the Buckeyes will be getting one fine athlete.

Devin Smith will be enrolling at Ohio State in a few weeks to get his Buckeye football career started, but the Massillon star athlete just can't get track out of his system. The wide receiver won two state track championships this past weekend in Columbus.

First, Smith captured the 100-meter dash, with an impressive time of 10.73. He followed that performance by winning the state long-jump championship, with a winning jump of 24 feet, 7 inches, setting a stadium record in the event.

"I actually wanted to win three, and I'm ticked I didn't do well in the high jump," Smith stressed. "The hundred came after my high jump loss, and I used that as motivation. I got out to a great start and I started pulling away at the end, so I felt all along it was my race."

"The long-jump was great because I thought I nailed it, and then I heard the people going crazy, so I knew it was a good jump," he added. "To have the stadium record means a lot to me, but I wanted to jump 25 feet. I'm very happy to have two state titles, but I definitely wanted three. Now, I head to Pennsylvania for the Big-33 game, and then I'm off to Ohio State."

The Ohio State football program is still reeling from the sudden resignation of head coach Jim Tressel, but Smith, 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, remains confident the Buckeyes will continue to have success going forward.

"The news about Coach Tressel was shocking and it's still hard to talk about it," Smith said. "The program has great tradition and history, and I think we are going to continue what Coach Tressel had going the past ten years. We have to keep working hard and stay focused, and not let outside distractions tear the team apart."

"I have spoken to (new head coach) Luke Fickell, and he asked me if I was still with him, which I definitely am," he added. "He told me they are on a mission, and everybody needs to do their part this season. I'm going in with the mind-set of playing right off the bat, and I'm going to be competing hard for a spot in the rotation. I want to play this year, so I'm coming in looking to win a job."

When asked if he was going to miss competing in track, Smith responded that we just might not have seen the last of him in that particular sport.

"The Ohio State track coaches want me to run track," he explained. "I spoke to the football staff about it, and they said they were all for it. I know football players have done both, and I intend to do both sports as well. Football will definitely come first, but track helps my speed and quickness."


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