Local D-end Brad Smith commits to the Bulls

The USF staff landed another local lineman when Jesuit senior Brad Smith, a 6-foot-4, 220 pound defensive end/linebacker committed to the Bulls on Sunday.

Following a campus visit, Jesuit senior Brad Smith, a 6-foot-4, 220 pound defensive end/linebacker committed to the Bulls on Sunday.

"Yes Brad committed to USF," said Tiger's Head Coach James Harrell. "He chose USF because it's an excellent program that's on the rise and proximity wise its right here in Tampa and he wanted to be part of the USF family."

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect with that runs a 4.8 – 40, was getting recruited a rush end and as an outside linebacker or hybrid of the two. Smith had offers Boston College, Air Force, Duke, Furman, Holy Cross and Lehigh. He's been recruited by the Bulls but didn't received his offer from USF until this past weekend.

"He and his family met with Coach Holtz and Coach Hargreaves yesterday and they offered him," said Harrell. "They didn't get into specifics, but they like him as a defensive end. They like the staff over there and thought was the best fit and right place to be."

Two of Smith's teammates, defensive tackle Robert Garcia and offensive lineman Cameron Ruff are already committed to USF, but that didn't play a major role in his choice.

"Having his teammates didn't have as much impact as the individual's choice to have an opportunity to be part of a great program," said Harrell. "He likes the chance to be close to home, USF is on the rise and Holtz has done a great job over there."

Smith is a standout in the classroom as well and is fully qualified.

"He has well over a 3.0 GPA," said Harrell. "Good enough that he was being recruited by the Ivy League schools as well. Academics are important to him and his family and they liked what USF had to offer in that regard."

"You always want to be recruited by your hometown team and Coach Holtz and staff are doing a great job locally and giving them that opportunity," said Harrell. "We now have three guys, then there's Bruce Hector and Connor Rafferty at Robinson as well as Mitchell Wright from Plant, so there keeping the local talent home."

"Their facilities had a lot to do with it also," said Harrell. "They're really moving in the right direction. With the new fields, locker rooms, as well as the whole athletic village. Kids are realizing that the same things are offered to me here in Tampa as they are away from here. But here they can get the opportunity to play I front of friends and family."

Smith plays for a talent rich Jesuit team and helped lead the Tigers to an 11-2 record after recording a team-high 13 sacks, with 54 total tackles and two caused fumbles.  Harrel said what the Bulls are getting in the Jesuit standout.

 "They're getting a guy with a very high motor. He doesn't take off plays, and plays with a lot of effort. He makes plays, he right now I think they're getting an excellent football player that complements they're defensive scheme.  I think it's a win-win situation for everybody."

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