Cincinnati Moeller DE Ryan Smith commits to IU

Indiana picked up its second recruit in the 2016 class, taking a verbal from Cincinnati Moeller defensive end Ryan Smith on Tuesday evening.

According to, Indiana is the only school to offer the 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive lineman. The Hoosiers offered Smith at the end of April. Rivals lists offensive line coach Greg Frey as Smith’s lead recruiter. Smith appeared in 10 games as a junior last season, making 24 tackles, including 13 solo stops, and recording 3.5 sacks.

Smith announced his commitment through his Twitter account before IU coach Kevin Wilson confirmed it with his customary “#boom” tweet.


  1. Good get CKW and staff (Coach Frey). This young man, like Ramsey, comes from a blue blood HS program. Moeller plays a national schedule. Watch an ESPN HS game in early August I’ll bet you dollars to donuts Moeller will play in one. Go Hoosiers! ! !

  2. I like these first two recruits: from a great area, Cincinnati, good HS programs, and not hyped at all by the national ranking services. After 3 years in the IU program we will know about Coach Wilson’s talent in finding and developing diamonds in the rough. Any HT writers interested in checking his past history on this point?

  3. Got to love his size and the High School he’s played at. But it seems strange that he has not received any other offers? Can this information be correct? A young man his size, coming from that school, you’d think he’d at least have some offers from MAC schools, etc. I hope he has a great senior season, stays healthy and signs the LOI next winter.

  4. Think he was behind some other players. That school is always loaded with talent.

  5. He has put on a ton of weight since the fall, when he was 240, and was not playing the position that IU seems to be projecting him at (OL).

    So he not have gotten much attention because he was a more of a natural OL guy that was undersized and playing out of position. Other schools may have been waiting to see how much weight he could put on and maybe see some game film if he does switch to the OL or at least see him do some drills at camps this summer.

    I could see him similar to Spriggs. A HS player that had the frame to grow into an OL, but was too undersized to play OL in HS (Moeller’s OL average 290), and/or just was way more athletic than other kids and more beneficial to their team to play an elsewhere (TE/DE), but not athletic enough to get noticed by colleges at their alternative position.

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