Three-star defensive tackle Tre Smith has announced his commitment to Maryland football, adding another body to the defensive line for the 2020 class.
A product of Mountain Ridge High School in Frostburg, Maryland, Smith was under recruited similarly to former Maryland and current Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson, but he selected the Terrapins over the likes of Old Dominion, Syracuse and Temple.
After thinking long and hard with mom and dad, I have decided to take my talents to the University of Maryland . I just wanna thank my friends and family and supporters around my community. I also want to thank my coaches throughout my life. I love you all and #goterps pic.twitter.com/3pjq3jHzke— Tre_zilla41 (@tre_zilla41) September 18, 2019
At 6’2, 285 pounds, Smith plays both defensive line and tight end, showing off a range of athletic talents. On the defensive end, his size and speed is what really separates him from the competition as he frequently bullies past offensive linemen and delivers some powerful hits on the quarterback. Similar to JUCO product Sam Okuayinonu from the 2019 recruiting class, look for Smith to refine his technique at the next level to improve his play.
Maryland was able to scout Smith during a team camp during the early summer, and head coach Mike Locksley personally extended an offer on June 21. Relationships between the new staff and Smith were able to grow with a return trip to College Park in late July for the recruit barbecue event.
Smith becomes the 17th commitment of the Terrapins’ 2020 class, and the sixth player from the state of Maryland. The incoming class currently ranks as No. 37 in the nation and No. 9 in the Big Ten.
With space rather limited in the 2020 class moving forward, look for the Maryland staff potentially filling final spots with high-ranking flip targets as the 2019 season progresses.