— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 1, 2019
The Michigan Wolverines will need to replenish some talent on the defensive line with both Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich on the way out after the 2018 season. They’ve got reinforcements coming in the form of 2019 signee Mazi Smith.
Smith is a four-star recruit and the No. 9 defensive tackle in the 2019 signing class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He is also a massive human being at 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds. At the Under Armour All-American Game, Smith put his size and strength on display in a drill against an offensive lineman. When the ball was snapped, Smith immediately bull rushed the opposing lineman and knocked him back before throwing him to the ground like it was nothing.
Smith, a Michigan native who hails from Grand Rapids, says that his decision to come to Ann Arbor wasn’t all about football. The opportunities that he will have off the field as a Michigan graduate excite him as well.
“It was the people,” replied Smith when asked what put Michigan over the top. “The players… and the opportunities that are generated with a degree coming from Michigan. They have a great academic department. The staff really talked to me about the opportunities that they have for the players in every field like engineering, political science… all types of things.”