Frostproof (Fla.) offensive lineman Michael Smith Jr. committed to Iowa State on Thursday, just more than five months after he received the offer from the Cyclones.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive lineman visited Iowa State on an official visit during the weekend and the trip ultimately sealed the deal.
“They love my game all-around and [see me] at center or right guard,” Smith said of what he heard from coaches. “The message was there are a lot of linemen leaving and I could come in and play early.”
Smith originally committed to Georgia Southern on Aug. 1, a date he had long been set on making his decision. He had only visited Georgia Southern to that point and eventually decommitted and reopened his recruitment.
In committing to Iowa State on Thursday, Smith chose the Cyclones over offers from the likes of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana Tech and Georgia Southern.
“It went good,” Smith said of visit to Ames. “It was good, the facility's are amazing and they’re great people in Ames.”
Iowa State offered Smith in mid-June at its satellite camp in Lake Wales (Fla.). Smith worked at guard and took snaps in front of coaches before earning the offer. He projects to play somewhere in the interior at Iowa State.
Smith becomes Iowa State’s 12th commitment in the 2016 class.
“They like my athleticism,” Smith said of Iowa State when it offered. “They were having me do some snaps at center, but mostly right guard. I’m just an athletic guard with power and great hips. I’m working on my pass game, because at the high school where I’m at we don’t really throw the ball that much so I just need to work on that and staying low.”