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A new offense should help Tenn. QB

4/11/2013

Devon Smith is hoping a new offensive philosophy will jumpstart his recruitment.

The quarterback from Knoxville (Tenn.) Grace confirmed to ESPN that his high school team will move from an option attack to more of a spread passing attack this fall in part to take advantage of Smith's abilities. That should certainly help the 6-foot-4, 190-pound signal-caller display his skills and hopefully wow recruiters who wonder about his passing.

"The coaches had a meeting and said we are going to switch to a spread-first offense, so it'll be better," Smith said.

Grace Academy ran some spread last year, but the school was primarily an option team. Smith declined to transfer to another school in order to change offenses. He's still gotten attention from several schools even if he's yet to pick up his first scholarship offer.

"I'm hearing from Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State, Duke, Appalachian State, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Dartmouth and South Carolina," Smith said. "I'll be visiting Appalachian State, Duke, Tennessee, Akron and Mississippi State for their junior days."

Smith has been a standout on the spring camp tour. He was awarded top quarterback and given a leadership award at an NUC camp in Cincinnati, Ohio. Smith is scheduled to be at the Elite 11 camp on Friday, a seven-on-seven passing camp on Saturday and the Nike Football Training Camp in Charlotte, N.C. on Sunday.