According to those following the game annually over the past few years it has become noticeably apparent that the World team continues to get a little better and a little faster with each game.
This year the World team, trailing 21-14, had the ball with a chance to score and tie the game to force an overtime. A ‘Hail Mary’ pass would fall short, but a statement had been made nonetheless.
No player symbolized that statement more than Tevaun Smith, a 6-foot-0, 170-pound wide receiver/athlete from Chaminade College High School in Canada, who set the tone for the game when he returned a kick-off 79 yards, outrunning some talented division one signees en route to the end-zone.
Smith’s score would be the first one ever given up by the USA in five years of competition.
“It was like a low, soft kick I picked it up (I) see a nice hole (I) see a nice block, I took it right in to the hole and I took it to the house,” Smith said as he recalled the play.
“It makes me feel very happy, it makes me feel great. It makes me feel very happy to even be a part of the game against the USA, so everything is just a good experience.”
Smith never had the chance to get his hands on a reception in the game to showcase that set of skills as the World’s quarterbacks were under constant pressure which established up front by the quicker USA defensive ends.
Still speed was not a question, and that is why a few division one programs have already been looking in to him, but if a D1 offer does not follow he will likely end up playing at a prep school in Connecticut with the hopes of catching on next year once he gets to show his skills against top competition week in and week out.
“I have not committed to a school yet,” Smith explained. “There are schools just recruiting me, but I have no offers. I was getting recruited by schools in the MAC and Syracuse, but no legit offers.”
“I am looking to get an offer and commit to a school and go there for next year. If not then I will probably go to a prep school, maybe Kent in Connecticut.”
Smith was awarded MVP honors by the International Federation of American Football following the game.