Smith Prepares for New Regime

Smith Prepares for New Regime

The Greyhounds of Ocean Springs begin a new era of football this spring when they take to the practice field without former head coach Todd Mangum. One of the senior leaders the new staff will look to for leadership this year will be wideout Donovan Smith. The talented Smith is looking to parlay his play this fall into some college options, so he plans to do all he can to move his team forward.

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"We did 7-on-7 today," said Smith. "I played some at wide receiver and safety.

"We're looking pretty good so far. We're supposed to find out something about our new coach some time this week.

"I don't know who it's going to be. I just want a coach who is going to be good for the team. That's the main thing for me."

As a senior, Donovan is aware of the responsibilities that come along with being a veteran on the squad especially in times of transition.

The versatile Smith reports he will not shy away from his role and that he is prepared to do all he can to make the 2011 Greyhounds a better team.

"I just want to help the team anyway I can," said Donovan. "I will play quarterback, receiver or safety.

"I have played some at all of those positions, so I am will help out wherever they need me. My favorite position is wide receiver though.

"I like going up and making the tough catch or going across the middle and making a big play."

Ocean Springs has proven to be one of the Mississippi gulf coast's top programs when it comes to producing college prospects. Smith may prove to be the Greyhounds' top offering for the 2012 signing class.

"I have been to Mississippi State twice so far," said Donovan of his recruiting travels. "I like it up there and I really like Coach Mullen.

"They have a real good coaching staff and they all seem like good people. They seem to really like me too.

"Coach K (Les Koenning) says that he is going to come and see me practice some time this spring."

While the Bulldogs are certainly a team of interest for Smith, he is not going to limit his options in any way.

"I just want to make it to the next level," said Donovan. "I like the spread offense a lot especially all of the quick routes that come from playing in the slot.

"I don't have to stay close to home. I just want to find the best place for me to get my education and give me chance to play on the college level."

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