Smith a 'Lovely' Fit for Missouri

If there's one thing everyone knows about recent Missouri football commit Miles Smith, it's that he's the son of Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith. But that's all we knew, so we made a few calls and got the scoop on Smith, who recently decided to accept an offer to become a preferred walk-on at Mizzou.

"He played this past season at 190, so he's probably right around 200 pounds now. He's 5-11, six feet, right in that range. He played free safety and running back for us this season," said Lake Forest (Ill.) coach Chuck Spagnoli.

"He started out as a linebacker because, honestly, he was the best player that we had. Then he moved to free safety. He's been a three-year starter for us," Spagnoli said. "The one thing people at Missouri will be really excited about is, he will hit you."

Smith had scholarship offers from other schools but chose instead to take MU's offer because of his fondness for the school and for head coach Gary Pinkel, said Spagnoli, declining to name the other offers. Iowa and Illinois were among the schools recruiting Smith. His season ended early because of a leg injury in mid-October.

In eight games, he broke up five passes and had 27 tackles, 13 of which were solo. He also rushed for 271 yards and had six receptions for 90 yards.

We asked Spagnoli how Smith deals with the attention of being a part of a famous family.

"He's just like any other player. Of course, they went to the Super Bowl last year, so he's been through the highs and the lows. But he's never been" anything other than one of the guys, he said.

"You guys are really getting a great kid and I think he'll be a great asset to the program."

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