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Previous relationship with Helow aides Michigan with 2022 three-star LB Devin Smith

Helow was his primary recruiter while at his previous stop.

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On Wednesday evening, Michigan safeties coach George Helow extended an offer to 2022 three-star linebacker Devin Smith.

The new Michigan assistant hasn’t extended too many offers up to this point, but this one shouldn’t be a surprise. He was recruiting Smith at his last stop, and it seems like he is going to make him a priority at U-M.

“Coach Helow was the one who recruited while he was at Maryland and has always let me know that I’m a huge priority to him,” Smith told Maize n Brew. “We just chopped it up and he filled me in on all the new coaches that were signed along with him.

“Me and coach Helow are pretty tight. He’s been recruiting me ever since last year during the spring time, and our relationship has grown more and more from there,” he said.

Smith currently has a top five of Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech and Nebraska, but Michigan getting involved changes things slightly.

“The Michigan offer definitely makes me take a little more consideration into the program and get to see how much they really are interested in me,” Smith said. “I plan to learn a lot more about the university as well with the recruiting process they have for me. They plan to soon let me meet the position coach and get on Zoom calls with me.”

With plans to commit sometime this summer, Smith is hoping to take some visits beforehand. He has already been on the campuses of Florida and Georgia Tech, and is wanting to get to the other three schools on his top list. He also added that visiting Michigan ““would be nice as well though.”

Smith (6-foot-2, 235 pounds) plays both middle and outside linebacker at Oakleaf High School in Orange Park, Florida. According to his Hudl, he runs a 4.8 40-yard dash time. He is the No. 36 outside linebacker, No. 62 player in Florida and No. 523 overall player in his class on the composite rankings.

You can check out some of his junior year highlights below.