Chabot Wideout Is One To Watch This Year

You might not have heard about Chabot WR Devijion Smith (6-3, 190) quite yet, but he is one of the top returning JUCO wideouts in the state of California and he has the ability to be a real difference-maker at the next level...

Smith prepped at Clearwater (Fl.) High School and enjoyed a solid career there, however, he was unable to get the required test scores to be able to qualify for a scholarship to a four-year school, so he decided to go the JC-route.

"I actually had planned to go to Ventura, but I wasn't able to find housing, so I sorta had to give up on that plan," Smith told, recalling his search for a JUCO program to play at last year. "Then a friend of mine talked to me and said he was planning to head up here (to Chabot) and that I should give the coaches and call and after talking to them, it just worked out and I've really enjoyed myself here because I can just focus on school and football."

Using his size, soft hands and good speed, Smith was a thorn in the side of opposing secondaries as a freshman last fall, hauling in 43 receptions for 574 yards and seven scores, leading the team in all three categories.

"He had a tremendous freshman season in a run-first offense," Chabot offensive coordinator Nick Goulet said. "He led our team and was second in the conference in catches, yards and touchdowns.

"I really think he can be one of the top JC wide receivers in the country after this (coming) season."

On the recruiting front, things have started to pick up for the talented wideout.

"I haven't heard from any coaches yet, but my coaches told me that they have talked to UNLV, Weber State and BYU," Smith noted. "I'm open to anyone right now. I just want to find a place to play after this fall and then get myself ready for the next level after that."

One of Smith's biggest motivating factors are his two small children back in Florida.

"I have a two year old and a eight month old and they are why I do the things I do," Smith said. "I need to get provide for them so getting my degree is important, but also giving myself a chance to play (in the NFL) is also out there too.

"I know I can help a team out and once they see what I can do, I think more schools will see that I can get it done."

Smith is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December, shortly after the season is completed, and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.

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