Huge Pennsylvania DE With Helmet Schools All Over Him Commits to Gophers

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The Gophers have landed another commitment for their 2022 recruiting class. Anthony Smith is a defensive end out of Pennsylvania, who holds a 247sports rating of 87/100 (3-Star) and he a composite rating of .8739. Smith had helmet schools all over him and held offers from Michigan, Penn State, Ole Miss, and Nebraska, among others.

At 6’6″ and 265 pounds, Smith has the size of a division-I strong side defensive end as a Junior in high school. In his highlights, Anthony combines that crazy size with a unique quickness off the line and it allows him to wreak a lot of havoc in the backfield.

The Shippensburg (PA) native uses his extremely long arms, which PJ Fleck and Co love on their DL, to pop high school offensive lineman before they can lay a hand on him and his tape shows a guy who can play both the run and pass. Fleck and his staff seem to have roped in another good one with the addition of Anthony Smith.

I love this add for the Gophers. Defensive line continues to be a recruiting strength for the past few cycles. He joins Minnesota’s top-rated commit so far in 2022, (4-star) Trey Bixby and newly committed (3-star) Jack Pyburn on the defensive line of the future.

Smith also plays tight end, when Shippensburg has the football, and brings quite the size and talent to basketball hardwood in the winter. The Minnesota Gophers love multi-sport athletes in this class, that’s clear.

Max Carroll | Minnesota Sports Fan

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