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Monday, January 24, 2011
Reports: Two Ohio recruits commit to NU

By Scott Powers

Northwestern landed two Ohio-based 2011 recruits on Monday, receiving commitments from outside linebacker Andrew Smith and defensive end Deonte Gibson, according to multiple reports.

The 6-1, 200-pound Smith was previously committed to Cincinnati and is the 64th-ranked outside linebacker by ESPN Recruiting. He played at Colerain in Cincinnati.

ESPN Recruiting described Smith as “very active and productive against the run. Has the athleticism and height for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition; will need to add bulk to his frame which should not be a problem. His steady open field tackling skills along with his kickoff coverage ability suggest a productive player on special teams. This prospect demonstrates the flexibility, balance and agility to play in space.”

The 6-3, 230-pound Gibson was previously committed to Pittsburgh and is the 108th-ranked defensive end by ESPN Recruiting. He played at Saint Edward in Lakewood, Ohio.

ESPN recruiting described Gibson as “an active and physical defender. He has solid size though may not be as big as listed. He plays defensive end and while there could be a possibility that he moves to linebacker in college, we feel he will most likely stay at end at the next level. He displays the frame to be able to add more bulk once he gets into college weight program. He can help himself at times by crowding the ball more, but displays for the most part a good get-off. .. He is a physical kid that can get good leverage and deliver a pop and hold his ground.”