Miami Northwestern and the University of Miami have had a long, storied connection over the years.
It continued Wednesday when one of the best pass rushers in the county signed with the Hurricanes.
Mike Smith, committed to UM since June, signed his national letter of intent before gathering for a ceremony at school with friends and family and teammates.
Smith joins former Northwestern teammates and defensive backs Ryan Mayes (enrolled in January) and sophomore cornerback Artie Burns as current Bulls on Miami's roster.
“Mike's going to come in and chase the quarterback,” said Corey Long, Editor-In-Chief of FUEL Recruiting. “I haven't really seen him in any pass coverage. But I do think he's good at stopping the run and getting to the quarterback. I have to see how he is in pass coverage before we talk NFL potential.”
UM signed eight members of Northwestern's national championship team in 2008 including starting quarterback Jacory Harris, linebacker Sean Spence, offensive lineman Brandon Washington and standout receivers Aldarius Johnson and Tommy Streeter.
But after that season UM didn't sign any Northwestern stars for four straight years, missing out on standout quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville) and receiver Amari Cooper (Alabama) among others. Burns got the pipeline going again last year.
Mike Smith, DE/OLB, Miami Northwestern
> Measurables: 6-2, 210
> Twitter handle: @mikesmith_11
> Commitment date: June 22, 2013
> Recruiting ranking: A three-star recruit ranked as the 389th best prospect regardless of position by 247Sports.com Composite Rankings, 50th in the state of Florida and 31st among outside linebackers.
> Career highlights: Smith only ended up making one official visit – to West Virginia – after committing to the Hurricanes. He earned All-Dade First Team Honors (Class 8A-6A) two years in a row and netter 42 tackles, seven sacks and 51 quarterback hurries as a senior. As a junior he produced 73 tackles and finished second in Dade with 18 sacks.
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