Tevaun Smith attended Chaminade College High School in Toronto before attending Kent, a prep school, last season hoping to gain more attention from FBS schools.
Smith, 6-0, 185 pounds, picked the Hawkeyes over Connecticut and Temple. He’s also the second player in the 2012 class with origins in Canada. Defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie also is from Brampton, Ontario. OL Nolan MacMillan is from Toronto.
Smith also is an accomplished track athlete. He’s run an 11.05-second 100 meters and 22.72 in the 200.
“I’m going to tell him all of the good things I can about Iowa, but it’s his decision,” Smith told HawkeyeReport.com on Thursday night. “I don’t want to force anything, because I know how it feels to be confused about what school to go to, so I’m just going to let him make his own decision and not pressure him at all.”
Smith played alongside Ekakitie and running back Greg Garmon in the International Bowl on Feb. 2. He caught four passes for 39 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown pass.
ESPN.com: Smith is effective as a receiver and part time quarterback in the wildcat set; displays good run after catch production with the speed to outrun opponents at his present level of competition. Has the size and athleticism for the wide receiver position at the major level of competition; it appears his frame should be able to support additional bulk over time. Does a good job in coverage as a defensive back, showing route awareness and break on the ball; displays overlap range and good ball skills. Is productive on special teams as a kickoff and punt return specialist; demonstrates the toughness needed to take the ball up the middle while displaying the lateral foot quickness to shake tacklers, get to the outside and finish in the end zone. We see steady long speed along with a strong release which puts pressure on defensive backs when driving off the line; will need route running refinement but is willing to come inside and compete for contested throws. Has natural, relaxed hands along with the ability to track the deep over the shoulder ball; displays good over the pads finishing toughness when battling for yards in traffic. Smith does not appear to be an immediate starter at the BCS level of play, needing some time to polish his skills before competing for starting time.
What Iowa coaches said
Recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson: He went to prep school because he didn’t get a ton of looks coming out of Canada. Very, very impressive tape. He, Faith and [Greg] Garmon are all playing in an all-star game today or tomorrow. I don’t know why someone would put an all-star game so close to signing day. We’ll see, but it does look like he has really good speed. He played in Canada vs. the world or something last year and was the MVP.
What I think
Speed is the factor that probably gets Smith on a BCS roster. When a kid goes to a prep school to gain notice for a scholarship, part of the deal, in my opinion, is refining his skills. It’s a calculated move, putting your life on hold for a year to sharpen your football skills to the point where teams do notice you. Was he “missing” something to not be offered immediately after high school? Perhaps, but I also don’t know how much Toronto gets scouted for football players. Hockey players, yes. Football? Probably not as much.
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