By: David Franklin
“I grew up loving them and the work they put in. I want to be a part of that and become great.” That’s what recent OL commit Tony Smith told me when I asked why he chose Miami. After all, he has more offers from programs such as Auburn and Nebraska among others but for Smith becoming a Miami Hurricane has been something he’s always wanted. Smith is not only intrigued by “The New Miami” and what Manny Diaz is building but also the legends of the past. “I love what Manny Diaz and the coaching staff have to offer. And the history of the all time greats like Ray Lewis, Sean Taylor, Michael Irvin, and Ed Reed, I want to be great like those guys.” Pretty hefty goals for an incoming freshman but refreshing at the same time to talk to a young man so interested and passionate about the program.
Known as a fierce competitor and a nasty finisher, Smith should excite Miami fans who have been begging for an offensive line with more attitude and aggression. At 6’3″ and 290 pounds and still time to develop he will be a nice fixture on that line especially after he gets into Coach Feeley’s S&C program. A possible early enrollee he also pointed out that he has taken other visits and Miami is just different, “it’s one of a kind.”
My biggest take from my time spent talking to Tony is that he wants to be a Cane. He has such enthusiasm when he starts talking about it. That along with his talent and the way he carries himself on the field are just a few reasons TE Coach Stephen Field was so impressed when he saw him and made it a point to get his recruitment underway. Once that was in motion it was just a matter of time before OL Coach Butch Barry made the offer. Considering that was something Smith had dreamed of he accepted right away and I’m glad he did. I have no doubt that the coaching staff at The U can teach him all the fundamentals and techniques he’ll need but one thing they don’t have to worry about is his heart and love for the program. There’s no doubt that Tony Smith is ALL About The U.