Arizona State lands transfer commitment from former Oklahoma edge rusher
Arizona State has earned a transfer commitment from former Oklahoma edge rusher Clayton Smith.
A 6-foot-4, 245-pounder from Queen City, Texas, Smith spent the first two years of his career with the Sooners. He was a top-50 recruit coming out of high school and the second-ranked edge prospect in the class, according to the industry-generated 247 Composite.
He’ll land in Tempe with three years of eligibility remaining.
— C$ 💫 (@claytonsmith_10) January 19, 2023
Smith picked OU from a list of Power Five offers out of high school that went nearly two dozen deep. He played in just four games as a true freshman in 2021, recording three tackles and a fumble recovery.
He had five tackles last season for the Sooners and decided to enter the transfer portal at the beginning of December. He hasn’t had much of an opportunity at the college level, but he was a dynamic athlete at the high school level and has tremendous athleticism.
247Sports’ Gabe Brooks wrote this on his game during Smith’s initial recruitment:
Outstanding frame with good height and length. Physical traits of a true hybrid edge with athleticism and ease of movement to play traditional off-ball linebacker role if needed. Could fit multiple roles in varying defensive schemes. Consistently flashes explosion off the line as a pass-rusher. Length aids in ability to disengage. Dips and bends well. Athleticism shines when running the arc. Two-way playmaker who has provided big-play vertical punch as an outside receiver and tight end.
Smith becomes the 25th known transfer pledge to ASU since coach Kenny Dillingham took over.