Scout has The Opening Finals video and analysis of top rising junior prospect Nolan Smith

Scout released its class of 2019 rankings last month and the prospect who topped the list, Nolan Smith, sure looked like it at The Opening Finals over the weekend.

Evaluation Notes: Peach State native and current Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy standout Nolan Smith was among the few underclassmen to punch his ticket to compete among the nation's best at The Opening Finals over the weekend. Tabbed as the top overall 2019 prospect by Scout just days before the event, the five-star defensive end looked the part throughout the competition (full video above). At 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, one would expect him to have his way as a speed rusher against bigger offensive tackle types, and he did. But it was the rest of his game that made Smith one of the stars of the show. He more than held his own in run blocking drills, even against linemen outweighing him by 100-plus pounds, with leverage discipline, pop at the point of attack and leg drive. Even when larger linemen got their hands on him during passing drills, he was able to wiggle free more times than not and use his quickness during secondary moves when his initial path was cut off. Smith plays with great explosion, speed and bend, but his overall strength, hand technique and leverage consistency won him just as many reps whether his hand was in the dirt or while working from a two-point stance. As he continues to use his length to create separation and eventually spur momentum into polished secondary pass-rushing moves, Smith has the chance to be a complete edge rusher primed to play very early at the collegiate level.

Recruiting Notes: Smith is committed to Georgia despite recent visits to Clemson and Alabama. He broke down the latest and more last week with Scout:

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