9/7/11 12:05 a.m. EDIT: An informative reader emailed me some video of Devin Smith during his high school career. Here is the LINK. Upon reviewing this video, you’ll see that Smith has a quick first step for an offensive lineman. He also has a bit of a mean streak, which can be helpful when battling in the trenches. He uses his body well, although we have to consider that this footage is from two years ago and that his strength is likely more developed since high school.
Purdue’s 15th commit of the 2012 class comes in the form of a 6’7″ 315 pound offensive tackle, Devin Smith. Note: ESPN lists him as 6’5″ 290. Smith hails from Ann Arbor, MI, but he currently plays for Arizona Western Community College which is also home to fellow verbal Steffon Martin and former Purdue commit Randy Gregory (who was ruled academically ineligible prior to enrolling at Purdue). Including defensive tackle transfer Calvin Smith, who is currently sitting out this year per NCAA rules, there will be 16 newcomers eligible for Purdue’s football team next fall. This commitment caps an unexpectedly big recruiting weekend for the Boilers as Aloyis Gray also committed on Saturday.
According to Goldandblack.com’s linked story, Smith is regarded as one of the best junior college offensive tackles in the country. His immense size and extra years out of high school will give him a physical advantage right away. With the graduation of Dennis Kelly and Nick Mondek (not to mention the uncertainty of Ken Plue’s status), Smith should be an early candidate for playing time. Last year’s recruiting class only included one true offensive line recruit, so getting numbers on the offensive line is a focus for the 2012 recruiting class, which also includes OT/OG Jordan Roos.
Information about Devin Smith is somewhat scarce, which can be common for players transferring from Junior College. Out of high school, he was a 3-star recruit by Rivals and was ranked the 23rd best player in Michigan in the class of 2010. Unfortunately I do not have video to analyze on this recruit, but I think he is an important pick-up with the impending turnover on Purdue’s offensive line after this season. Welcome aboard Devin!