The Minnesota Golden Gophers had five verbal commitments entering the month of June. Head coach P.J. Fleck and co. have more than doubled that total in the weeks since, reeling in their 13th pledge on Monday with a commitment from Pennsylvania defensive lineman Anthony Smith.
Get to know Anthony Smith
Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, NC State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia
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Smith racked up 43 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, nine sacks, and three forced fumbles as a defensive tackle last season, in addition to scoring seven touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball. He is multi-sport athlete, averaging 17.2 points per game and 8.3 rebounds for the basketball team. At the college level, Fleck and defensive line Chad Wilt envision him as a five-technique defensive end. Smith is an athletic freak. His combination of size and athleticism is why he holds a dozen Power 5 scholarship offers. He has a long wingspan and he uses those long arms to his advantage as a pass rusher. Smith looks like a man amongst boys at the high school level, and what he needs to do now is continue to fill out his frame and refine his pass rushing technique.