Another weekend of official visits, another flipped commitment working in Syracuse University’s favor. Rashad Smith, a 6-foot-2 linebacker prospect from Homestead, Florida, had been committed to Florida Atlantic but switched his commitment to the Orange on his official visit to SU.
Smith officially picked up his offer from Syracuse on January 7, and has been on flip watch for awhile now. It looks like he just needed his official visit to Central New York to seal the deal, and the Orange have landed the athletic prospect who played safety in high school, but will transition to outside linebacker at the next level.
Smith also had offers from Bowling Green (naturally) and Temple, and is rated as a 3-star prospect by 247Sports. He had been committed to FAU since last March, but when Dino Babers and his staff – who had been recruiting him at Bowling Green – made the move to Syracuse, they immediately targeted the hard-hitting Smith and made getting him to flip a priority.
Last season, Smith had 102 tackles with 8.0 sacks and three forced fumbles, and has good speed to go along with his physical style of play. His time spent in the secondary will help him become a good coverage linebacker, but he’s also not afraid to come up and take on ballcarriers at the line of scrimmage or blitz into the backfield and deliver punishing hits on the quarterback. Smith is a good pick up for the Orange.
He’s also the second outside linebacker to commit in the past week, as former Bowling Green commit Andrew Armstrong, a 3-star player from Youngstown, Ohio, chose the Orange after having taken an official visit last weekend.