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2019 Commitment Profile: Ben Smiley, defensive line

Hoos get their man from Chesapeake, even after some ups and downs

NCAA Football: Virginia at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Ben Smiley
Hometown (School): Chesapeake, VA (Indian River)
Position: Defensive line (multiple)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 265
Ratings:

  • 247 Sports: 3* (87.63)
  • Rivals: 3* (5.7)
  • ESPN: 3* (79)

What you should know:

  • One-two punch of Smiley and Briggs is one of the best position combinations of players in a Virginia recruiting class in some time.
  • Recruiting saga included a 16-minute commitment in the spring before UVA landed Smiley after the Miami win.
  • On top of being a big talent, Smiley’s commitment shows signs of Virginia re-establishing its connections to the Tidewater region.
  • Possible January enrollee