Devin Smith, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound three-star cornerback from Coppell, Texas, is a big factor so far in leading his team to a perfect 3-0 start to the 2008 season. Thus far he has 15 tackles and three interceptions (one for a touchdown) on defense. Offensively, he has eight receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns and another rushing.
"I'm able to read and have great awareness," Smith said. "I know what the quarterback or wide receiver is gonna do and I can break on the ball easily.
"I want to work on loosening my hips and not get turned around when going after the receiver."
Smith says he can bench 320 pounds, squat 415 and has a 36-inch vertical jump.
Although he continues to deny a leader, Smith favors Wisconsin, Iowa, Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Baylor. All of his favorites have offered and he has 11 total scholarships. His other offers include Air Force, Army, North Texas, Rice, Central Florida and Colorado State.
"I really don't know right now," he said. "I haven't narrowed it down yet. I'm not even gonna take any visits until after my season. I want a school with good academics and I want to play where I won't be sitting on the bench for four years. Also I'll be looking for a place with good school spirit and to see how the fans are.
"I'll make a decision after my visits," Smith said. "I'd like to take all five because I want to see what's out there and what these schools are like."
Smith says that Iowa is recruiting him the hardest. "I like the coaches there because they are all very cool. I've talked with coach Kirk Ferentz and he said if I went there that I'd have chance to start as a freshman," he said. "They are in desperate need of cornerbacks.
"I also like the coaches at Wisconsin," he said. "Plus I heard that Madison is really beautiful and a great college town. They have great tradition and history of football there."
Growing up, Smith says he used to follow USC. "I have family in California and I just liked watching USC play," he said.
No parental preference.
He reports a 3.6 core GPA and is taking the SAT again on Oct. 6. "I took the SAT in July but my mom has my test," he said. "I don't even know what I got. She's handling all that."