Smith excited to help UM's pass rush

The Hurricanes had one of the worst pass rushes in all of college football last season. That's a big reason why they're actively recruiting a lot of talented pass rushers this year. One, Michael Smith, committed here over the weekend. Read on to see what he's saying about it.

Michael Smith put his name on the recruiting map with a strong junior season at Miami Northwestern. He finished the season with 83 tackles and 17 sacks. He talked about his game.

"I have a lot of speed and athleticism coming off the edge," Smith said. "I believe I'm one of the best pass rushers out there. I'll do whatever it takes for my team."

Smith landed scholarship offers in January and February from schools like Louisville, South Florida, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. By the time spring rolled around, he was being offered by just about everyone including Miami.

"I've always been a Miami fan," he said. "They were the team I watched growing up. And being from Miami, I've always thought about how nice it would be to be able to play there and help them win championships."

At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Smith will now have that opportunity thanks to his commitment to the Hurricanes over the weekend following a strong camp performance.

"It felt good to commit," he said. "I talk to Brennan Carroll and Micheal Barrow on a regular basis. I was ready to be a Cane."

Smith, who also added recent offers from schools like Texas and Clemson, talked about why he believes Miami will be a good fit for him off the field as well.

"Miami's close to home," he said. "I want coaches who will help push me to the next level and I wanted a good living environment."

So what's next for the standout pass rusher?

"I just want to get stronger, faster, and work on my cover game as an outside linebacker," he said.

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