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Miami Freshman Profile: Mike Smith

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In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Freshman Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile UM's newcomers for 2014. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

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Mike Smith

DE/OLB - 6'3 220 - Miami, Fl (Miami Northwestern)

Consensus 3 star prospect who chose the Hurricanes over Arkansas, West Virginia, and Louisville among others.

Mostly played DE in H.S. but looks athletic enough to be a hybrid type at the next level.  Had 7 sacks and a remarkable (unofficial) 51 QB hurries his senior campaign.

Reportedly runs about a 4.8 40.

Has a great first step, plays with a consistent effort, and is adept at making plays in the opposing teams backfield. Needs to get a little bit bigger and stronger to match-up with D1 O linemen though.

Chances He Redshirts (1-10)   - 7

As part of this series we will evaluate if the given newcomer stands a chance to sit out his first season to retain eligibility.

Smith looks like a player, don't get me wrong.  But in this class alone, you have Chad Thomas and Trent Harris to compete with as a rush end/OLB.   Not to mention returning players Al-Quadin Muhammad and Tyriq McCord.  Smith looks to be a bit wiry as well, and could stand to get bulkier before getting significant snaps.

Summary: UM continues to stockpile very good defensive edge players.  Over the next few seasons Miami's pass rush should improve greatly as a result. Once Smith fills out, he has a chance to be a very good player for the 'Canes, maybe even a big time pass rusher. He may not have the upside of Thomas but he could still be a solid depth player, if not better in a few years.

More on Smith HERE

Stay tuned for more Freshman profiles as we count down to Louisville on Labor Day.