Oakland linebacker Josh Smith had a nationwide audience as he made his commitment on ESPNU to the Vanderbilt Commodores tonight from the Opening, which hosts the top prospects from across the country.
Smith (6-3, 225) picked the Commodores over his other finalists which included Kentucky, Ole Miss, Penn State and Purdue.
He becomes the third Patriot to commit already joining teammates Jack Jones (offensive line) and Kyle Oliver (tight end) who both have already committed to the University of Tennessee.
Smith will also join his older brother Emmanuel on the Vanderbilt campus as Emmanuel signed with the Commodores in the Class of 2014.
Smith becomes the seventh commitment for Vanderbilt in the Class of 2015 and joins Ensworth defensive back Donovan Sheffield as in state commitments for the Commodores.
Check out Smith's Hudl highlight film here:
He is ranked No. 5 in the state of Tennessee for the Class of 2015 and is ranked No. 9 in the state by both 247sports.com and ESPN.
Smith was a disruptive force during the 2013 season as he made 81 tackles and helped lead Oakland to a 12-1 record and an undefeated regular season.
He is the 20th commitment in the Volunteer State in the class of 2015 joining Franklin kicker/punter Corey Fatony (Missouri),
Oakland tight end Kyle Oliver (Tennessee),
Notre Dame Athlete Kareem Orr (Louisville)
South Doyle running back Joc Bruce (Tennessee), Columbia tight end Jackson Harris (Georgia), Knoxville West running back Nathan Cottrell (Georgia Tech), Baylor quarterback Nick Tiano (Mississippi State), Signal Mountain offensive lineman Harrison Moon (Mississippi State), Ridgeway defensive tackle Elontae Bateman (Arkansas State), Ridgeway running back Earl Harrison (Arkansas State), Melrose Safety Tony Pollard (Memphis), Blackman Athlete Jauan Jennings (Tennessee), Nashville Overton defensive back Ugo Amandi (Ole Miss), Ensworth defensive back Donovan Sheffield (Vanderbilt), Ensworth defensive back Rico McGrew (Georgia), Oakland offensive lineman Jack Jones (Tennessee), Maryville defensive end Dylan Jackson (Tennessee), Coalfield offensive lineman Zack Stewart (Tennessee) and Clinton wide receiver Jaylond Woods (Tennessee).
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