Tennessee’s 18th overall commitment in the 2021 class, Colby Smith, will look to add size, aggression, and athleticism to a largely skill-player heavy class.
Smith, a 4-Star OT, according to 247Sports’ evaluators, picked the Vols at 5:01pm on Monday afternoon. The Reidsville, N.C. native plays both offensive tackle and defensive tackle for Rockingham County High School.
This versatility will prove vital to the Vols down the road as they currently have no other offensive lineman commits and only one other interior defensive lineman commit in 3-Star DT Isaac Washington, who committed March 7.
Smith is 6’7″, 295 lbs, according to his 247Sports profile, with long arms and a great frame to put weight onto.
Looking at his 2019 highlight tape, it is evident that Smith has explosive hands off the line of scrimmage at the point of contact on both sides of the ball. This type of aggression through the echo of the whistle definitely makes the tackle’s film a must-watch if you enjoy tenacious line play.
The downside to this type of play is the occasional 15-yard penalty, but I believe Tennessee fans will learn to accept this known commodity just as they have with Trey Smith as long as it doesn’t get out of hand.
Another aspect of Smith’s game that is evident watching his film is his athleticism. The Vols’ newest commitment has remarkable lateral quickness in pursuit on defense and blocking out in space on offense.
This will hopefully pay dividends for the Vols and their plethora of power sweeps and stretch plays where the offensive tackle has to get out and block in space.
Help on the Way
While this may be Tennessee’s first offensive lineman commit of the 2021 class, Jeremy Pruitt and staff will look to add a few more lineman to the fold before the end of the cycle.
The Vols seem to be in a good spot for 5-Star OT and No. 10 overall player Amarius Mims out of Georgia and 4-Star DT Katron Evans out of Maryland. Tennessee is also still in the running for 4-Star DT Payton Page out of North Carolina, but appear to be losing that battle to Clemson.
Look out for Evans to make his college decision later this week as the Vols look to double up on 4-Star lineman.