On Monday, Kobe Smith became the fifth member of the class of 2016 to commit to NC State. The class is off to an unusually fast start over 15 months from Signing Day, and Smith is one of the marquee names among the commitments. The 6'3" 315 defensive tackle from Archer High in Lawrenceville, GA picked the Wolfpack over Indiana, Iowa, Wake Forest and West Virginia with interest coming from several SEC schools.
Riding the high of beating rival UNC 35-7, Dave Doeren and staff hit the road, with several assistants in Georgia. A strong in-home visit along with a little pressure from 2015 commitment and fellow Georgia lineman Quentez Johnson are what presumably brought about Smith's early decision.
What Smith brings to the table is serious size in the middle of what is starting to be a very deep defensive line. Smith appears to be more than a run stuffer, as he moves well on film. With big numbers in the 2014 class along the line and a growing number in the 2015 group, Smith may be one of only two or three defensive linemen in his class.
Although it would have been fun to have a QB with Harrison Beck-like tendencies with this name, I'm sure we will find plenty of reasons to yell "KOBE" during games.