When I get bored/ have free time, I like to analyze high school football players, mainly midwest targets, and Deveon Smith was a guy that I've looked at a lot while he was an OSU target, and now while a Michigan commit. His tape has been what has caught my eye. If you haven't seen it, watch, and come back.
To keep it short, he looks like Jim Brown. Which is difficult to explain, because his ratings are all over the board for the most part.
This is where I need help from some of our resident HS football junkies:
He goes to Howland, a member of the All-American conference about which I knew very little before doing a little research on Howland's 2011 season. Smith's stats: 189 att, 2150 yards, and 25 touchdowns.
That season, they went undeafeated before losing to a 9-1 Kent Roosevelt team.
The teams they beat went as follows:
- Lakeside (1-9)
- Lakeview (6-4)
- Harding (2-8)
- Canfield (6-4)
- Carrick- PA (1-9)
- Beaver (1-9)
- Poland Seminary (7-4)
- Niles McKinley (5-5)
- Liberty (0-10)
Per Maxpreps, they played one other team that made the state playoffs (Poland- lost in one round), and won by 7. They lost to Roosevelt by 9 in their playoff game. Someone familiar with greater Canton area sports tell me: How much effect did this kid's team and conference have on his season? Clearly a weak conference, with a weak schedule. He's a strong runner and clearly a gifted athlete, but also seems to have taken advantage of terrible tackling.
Disclaimer: I am by no counts discounting this kid, I would just as easily take him on our team, as Michigan is.
Just looking for input and constantly trying to become a better judge of talent given confounding circumstances.