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Michigan cornerback will stay in-state

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Inkster (Mich.) cornerback Damond Smith led his team to the state championship game last month, and now the 6-0, 175-pound prospect has made his college decision.
"I committed to Western Michigan this past weekend when I was up there," Smith said. "It is a soft verbal, but I'm pretty happy with my decision.
"It was a nice program, I felt at home and I didn't feel pressured. They have four DB's that were all seniors, so their (depth chart) is wide open. It should be no problem me coming in and making an impact in their secondary.
"Coach (Tim) Daoust is a great coach. It's just like a family up there and everybody is involved, even the coach's wives are involved."
Western Michigan hosted several recruits for official visits this past weekend, and Smith was impressed to see the talent that would be joining him in Kalamazoo next fall.
"The guy I stayed up there with, a running back from Delaware, he committed yesterday," Smith said. "From the guys I saw on the trip, they have a couple guys from Georgia Military School who are real good. There are two receivers from down south who were real athletic that I saw."
Besides Western Michigan, Smith had been offered by Toledo, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan before making his verbal commitment. He had also talked with Ball State about taking an official there in January, but is unsure of the present status of that trip.
Smith was also being contacted by a few more schools and is leaving the door open, but only slightly, if other teams want to come through with an offer late in the process.
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