The next big name to come out of Coppell (Texas) High School will no doubt probably be cornerback prospect Devin Smith. Just a junior, Smith has had quite the 2006 season with outstanding statistics and recruiting mail coming from all over the country.
Schools like Boston College, Oklahoma, LSU, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech, and many others have already started sending a ton of personalized letters and mail to the Smith home. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder certainly had the junior-year stats to back up his early attention.
"Well, I had seven interceptions this year," Smith said. "This year my goal was seven, so when I got there, I was actually going for 10. My goal is to do that next year. I also had around 250 yards rushing on 32 carrier and 40 or so tackles. I play some receiver on offense and returned some kicks as well."
The do-it-all athlete says that he'll most likely follow in his father's footsteps and play cornerback on the next level. Smith's father was, Steve Smith, who played defensive back at Memphis.
"I think I'll play corner and I've really been working hard at it," Smith said. "I've basically been working on my footwork and recognition of routes this past summer. I'm learning how to study the receiver and react to his movements. My dad played corner, so he helps me out as well."
Smith says that the recruiting mail is coming in quickly, but a few schools stand out with the letters they send.
"I really like OU and Notre Dame not just as schools but what they send," Smith said. "They send me stuff that is personalized for me. Notre Dame sent me on that said Happy Thanksgiving and they just check up on me with letters throughout the season. LSU has done a lot of that as well and written me about taking a trip there next spring."
As for Smith, it doesn't look like he'll wrap up his recruiting process quickly. Right now, he's just focused on getting better before his senior season.
"I'm trying to take a couple of punts back next year and rush for over 500 yards," he said. "I want to do everything I can to get better."