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Grace Christian QB Devin Smith receiving national attention

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- There's a good chance you've never heard of Devin Smith.

There's a good chance college coaches have.

"He's 15. He's already 6'3". He put on 15 pounds in nine months," Dunstan Kendrick said Wednesday afternoon about the quarterback he trains.

"When a coach sees you at 6'3", and you're 15 years old, automatically their eyes are on you."

Lately, a lot of eyes have been on the sophomore-to-be at Grace Christian Academy.

Earlier this year at a National Underclassmen Combine in Nashville, he won MVP honors at the quarterback position.

After that performance, he was invited to the Ultimate 100 Combine in Atlanta, where Smith again was named MVP.

"That woke me up about what I could do when I get older," Smith said after a workout at the Johnny Long Training Academy.

"(After the successful combines) That's when it really set in that I have the potential to do stuff. I've worked hard for this. I want to do this for a while."

Smith's talents will once again be on display in late July at the National Underclassmen Elite 15 combine in Oklahoma. Smith will share the same field with 14 other high school quarterbacks that are considered to be the best of the best.

"His feet are exceptional. Everyone talks about his drops, his three-step drop, his five-step drop, but while other kids are going thru the motions, Devin already has the ball out of his hands," Kendrick said.

Kendrick believes that Smith has all the tools to be a Division I quarterback, saying "the sky's the limit" for his pupil.

Only a sophomore, Smith won't feel the frenzy that his high school recruiting until the upcoming season is over. Smith says the idea of being recruited is "exciting," but he also knows that it could be a very hectic time.

"I heard that it can be an overwhelming process and sometimes complicated. My goal is to get a letter my first day of junior year."


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