Rice continues to solidify it's numbers in the trenches, this time adding another defensive lineman in Michael Smith, a 6-1 272 pound defensive tackle from Bay City, Texas. Smith was 1st Team All-District 24-4A as a junior. He had 75 solo tackles and 6 sacks last year in 2006.
Smith had camped at several places this summer including Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas State and UH. Rice was the first to extend an offer and Smith jumped on it. He's yet another verbal gained by Coach Craig Naivar - who also has garnered verbals from John Gioffre and Eric Ball.
I caught up to Mike in Bay City tonight to get a quick update from him. I asked how he felt about his commitment and he had this to say,"It feels really good to have my commitment out of the way so I can focus on the upcoming season. We have a new coach this year so the attitude is a lot different. This summer I've been working out and watching a lot of film to get ready."
The Owls have 8 known verbal commitments. Pledges are non-binding until a recruit signs a letter of intent.
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