'14 QB Travis Smith grew up U-M fan (w/video)

'14 QB Travis Smith grew up U-M fan (w/video)

Michigan's casting its net far and wide in search of a quarterback in the 2014 class. One prospect close to home is Ithaca (MI) High School signal caller Travis Smith, who visited U-M for the Illinois game, and who GBW subsequently scouted and then chatted with about his recruitment.

Being lead by junior quarterback Travis Smith, Ithaca's football team is back in familiar territory. Having won the past two division six state championships, the Yellow-Jackets are 9-0 and set to host 7-2 Grandville Calvin Christian this Friday at 7pm.

"We've been working real hard in practice, our whole team, just since winning the last two state championships; we all know what it's like to work hard to get back to that state championship," Smith told GoBlueWolverine. "It's just been a really fun season."

Due to the level of competition, Smith has barely even been able to play in the second half of most games during the 2012 season, but the 6'2, 190 pound quarterback isn't worried about his personal gain. It's all about the team and doing what he can to help his team succeed.

During the summer, Smith attended the Sound Mind Sound Body camp held at Southfield High School and picked up several tips that he's applying to the gridiron this fall.

"It's more up-tempo—it's a lot different atmosphere going from Ithaca, Michigan, up in the cornfields and everything, down to Detroit, it's a way different atmosphere," said Smith. "And I actually learned a lot, and took a couple of my teammates down there, and they learned a lot too. So it was a good experience."

The time at camp was not just beneficial to his overall improvement as a quarterback but also in regards to his recruitment and exposure to college coaches. Michigan was on school to notice Smith at the SMSB camp and has been in contact ever since.

"I've talked to Coach Borges a few times the last couple weeks," said Smith, "and he told me he was there and he saw me. I'm pretty sure, yeah, that's where they first saw me. And then I went to a camp here in July, like June or July, for a one-day, and I talked to them for a few minutes there too."

As far as how interested Michigan is, he said, "It's kind of hard to tell, because it's just my junior season, and they're just starting to recruit kids. But from what I heard, it's pretty good. It's going pretty good. I like it."

Admittedly, Smith grew up a fan of the Wolverines but is open to, and hearing from, several different schools including Northwestern, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Ball State, Michigan State and Central Michigan.

Smith has already taken visits to Michigan State, Central Michigan, and to Michigan for the Wolverines 45-0 win over Illinois. The visit with Michigan provided the Ithaca quarterback a chance to get to know some of coaches even better.

"I talked to Coach Borges; I talked to Vollmar, and Singletary," said Smith. "I just talked to them about how my season's going, pretty much, and those were the three I talked to."

To watch GBW's recent interview with Smith, as well as highlights of him in action, press play below.



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