Brady Hoke Beats Urban Meyer Again: Receives 16th Commitment for Class of 2013

RJ LuchenbillCorrespondent IIIMarch 17, 2012

The Michigan Wolverines continue to drive in quality football players for the Class of 2013. 

Today, the seventh-ranked running back in the country according to Scout, DeVeon Smith, made his pledge to the Wolverines. 

Smith received offers from universities including Indiana, Bowling Green, Purdue, West Virginia, Penn State and Ohio.

That's right; Brady Hoke just beat Urban Meyer again for another recruit. 

The Buckeyes also made offers (but lost) to current Michigan commits OG Patrick Kugler, OT Logan Tuley-Tillman, OG Chris Fox, DE, FB Wyatt Shallman and S Dymonte Thomas.

So Michigan and Brady Hoke have beaten the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer already for six recruits.

Smith is rated 4-stars by Scout, 3-stars by 247Sports and hasn't received a ranking yet from ESPN or Rivals. 

So who's this DeVeon Smith guy anyway? He's yet another recruit out of Ohio that Hoke was able to convince to come to the maize and blue. Out of the 16 players committed to the Wolverines so far, six of them are from Ohio.

Smith is the definition of a bruising and punishing tailback. At 5'11", 210 pounds, he's only going to get bigger and stronger his senior season. While he's not incredibly fast rushing the football, his powerful running style will weaken those on the offensive line (and linebacking core) as an in-between-the-tacklers kind of rusher. 

Smith joins Wyatt Shallman as the only running backs committed to Michigan so far. 

Attached to this article is a video of Smith breaking numerous tackles and punishing linebackers for getting in his way. You're going to enjoy it.

Now that Shallman and Smith are committed to the Wolverines, how does this affect the No. 1 rated running back in the country, Ty Isaac? He's been very interested in Michigan and had a chance to visit Ann Arbor but he indicated he wanted to visit USC first before making a decision.

Feel free to send your comments in and we can discuss just how good this Class of 2013 is progressing.