DL Stantavious Smith (Dougherty High School)
Committed to the Bulls on December 19th, 2022, Smith represents one of three defensive linemen added to the 2023 class with edge rusher Lloyd Summerall and D.J. Harris Jr. added through the transfer portal. Via 247Sports.com, Smith is ranked as the 155th best defensive linemen in the class, garnering offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and more during his recruitment. Smith was committed to Florida Atlantic at one point in time before Golesh and Co. flipped the DL out of Albany, GA to Tampa. According to MaxPreps.com, Smith finished his senior year at Dougherty with 43 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks.
Run the Tape:
Active hands when engaging with the lineman in front of him. Consistent motor and effort to make plays that aren’t expected from a defensive lineman. Utilized as a defensive tackle and defensive end at the high school level. Great first step off the ball and can overwhelm slower offensive lineman. Understands when to play under control by not over-pursuing slow developing plays. Equipped with several pass rushing tools whether he goes with a power and/or finesse attack.
Gotta love the fact that Stantavious was previously committed to FAU when DL coach Kevin Patrick was with the Owls. Now with KP back in Tampa (along with former FAU DC Todd Orlando joining Patrick as well), Smith flips to the Bulls and joins a position group that is hungry for depth along the trenches. Smith is what I like to call a “jack of all trades” when it comes to the DL position, having the technique and skillset to be a destructive force on the Bulls DL depending on where the staff lines him up. Will they ask him to play off of the edge as a DE (in a 3-3-5 defense) or will he be a DT? Nonetheless, welcome to the Bulls Stantavious!
#JustWork USF Football Class of 2023
|1||JeyQuan Smith||WR||Cajon (CA)||0.8789||5.5|
|2||Israel Carter||QB||Centennial (CA)||0.8786||5.7|
|3||Jarvis Lee||CB||IMG Academy||0.8656||5.5|
|4||James Jenkins||OL||Carrollwood Day||0.8647||5.6|
|5||Nikola Milovac||OL||Clearwater Academy International||0.8600||5.4|
|6||Jaylen Johnson||RB||Appling County (GA)||0.8572||5.6|
|7||Demitrius Carter Jr.||WR||Steinbrenner||0.8552||5.5|
|8||Deonte Bowie||OL||Blinn College (JUCO)||0.8550||5.4|
|9||Drew Perez||OL||Southlake Carroll (TX)||0.8547||5.5|
|10||Tawfiq Byard||S||DeMatha Catholic (MD)||0.8283||5.4
|11||Stantavious Smith||DT||Dougherty (GA)||0.8489||5.5|
|12||Timothy Lawrence||OL||Fleming Island||0.8337||5.4|
|13||Gerard Edimo||TE||Stony Point (TX)||0.8306||5.4|
|14||Cole Skinner||OL||Point Pleasant (NJ)||0.8204||5.4|
|15||Trey Dubuc||LS||Cardinal Gibbons||0.7844||5.3|
|16||Keshaun Singleton||WR||Meadowcreek (GA)||N/A||5.5|
|17||Tyree Kelly||WR||Cairo (GA)||N/A||5.3|