Josh Smith, a Class of 2018 defensive lineman at Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans, made an early verbal commitment to Missouri over the summer and recently talked about what he likes about the Tigers.
“That’s my dream school,” Smith told Scout.com. “I always dreamed about playing for Missouri because my favorite player is Sean Weatherspoon and he went there. I just liked their playing style. Their defensive scheme, it fit me. I got (the offer), so I might as well take my chance while I have it.”
Smith, a 6-foot-4, 241-pounder, has yet to visit campus but is planning to do so. At that point he’ll get to know a lot more about the Tigers and the coaching staff, including first-year head coach Barry Odom.
“He’s a good coach,” Smith said. “I never really got a chance to meet him but I plan on going up there after this season. I’m focused on the season right now.”
Smith said he keeps in touch the most with Sam Carter, one of the Tigers’ defensive analysts.
“I’m not really talking to a lot of coaches right now but I plan on starting to though,” he said.
Smith said he’s “basically” done with recruiting, but there are other schools he has some interest in that could cause him to reconsider his commitment.
Smith said he’s being recruited by Missouri as a defensive end, because of his height, and is working to get better while helping his Landry-Walker squad win games this season.
“Right now I’m a good pass rusher but I’m working on my run stopping now. I’m focused on my run stopping.”
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