Meet Matt Smith

The Naval Academy just recently picked up their seventh commitment for their 2009 recruiting class when defensive end, Matt Smith, from out of Myrtle Beach High School (SC) gave his pledge to join the prestigious military academy next fall. GoMids.com recently spoke with Smith in-depth regarding his recent decision, so come inside and meet the newest Navy commit…

Navy fans meet Matt Smith, a 6-1, 236 pound DE/FB from out of Myrtle Beach, SC. Although his name may not be familiar to you right now, you might as well start getting used it, as you will be hearing this name for the next 4-5 years.

Matt just finished up his prep football career on the gridiron with Myrtle Beach High School, who was just recently crowned as the 2008 Class-AAA State Champions for the state of South Carolina. And needless to say, this young man was one of the key contributors for the Seahawks. Need proof…? 108 tackles, 18 sacks, and 46 tackles for loss. Need we say more…?

Smith's name wasn't very high on the recruiting boards for unknown reasons, and he wasn't offered by a lot of big-time programs. He mainly attracted attention from smaller DI and DII programs, and the Naval Academy was one of the few. "They offered me a scholarship around November/December of last year," Smith told GoMids.com. "They were on me pretty hard from day one."

Defensive Coordinator, Buddy Green, was primarily put in charge of Smith, and the two of them will have a chance to meet up once again on this upcoming weekend when the '09 commit takes his official visit. However, Smith's trip to the Naval Academy on this weekend won't be his first time in Annapolis. "Actually I went up there for a visit to watch a game last season," Smith informed GoMids.com. "I went up there whenever they played Pitt."

"That was the first time I've ever been to a game with a military atmosphere like that," Smith continued. "I really liked the atmosphere out there. They did a lot of military stuff. And before the game, they had the fly over. I really like that a lot."

Smith informed us that the Midshipmen plan to line him up on the end. But don't be surprise if you see him in the mix with the linebacking corps. "They are looking for me to play defensive end," Smith said. "But there is a good chance that I'll be playing linebacker also. I play well at both positions. Wherever they need me to play, that's where I'll play."

As mentioned earlier, Smith capped off his senior season with Myrtle Beach High School by helping them bring home the 2008 Class-AAA State Football Championship. From there he was selected to partake in the 2008 North-South All-Star Game. The accolades didn't stop there... He was named to the 2008 Toast of the Coast Team; First Team Defense, the All-State Team, and was named to the WPDE All-Zone Team.

Congratulations to Coach Ken Niumatalolo and the Navy Coaching staff on yet another great pick-up for their 2009 recruiting class.

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