Purdue Adds Highly-Touted Defensive Tackle


The Boiling Point: Purdue added a defensive tackle transfer from New Mexico on Wednesday.

Purdue coach Danny Hope announced that defensive tackle Calvin Smith has transferred to Purdue from New Mexico. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound sophomore from Hialeah, Fla., played one season in Albuquerque before leaving for West Lafayette. Smith chose to transfer to Purdue over Nebraska, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Miami and Alabama. He will immediately join the Boilermaker program but will have to sit out the 2011 season after the transfer.

Rated as a four-star prospect by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com out of Hileah High School, Smith was a two-time Class 6A All-State player in Florida. He amassed career totals of 200 tackles, 24 sacks and four interceptions during his prep career. In his senior season, Smith finished with 50 tackles, eight sacks and scored three defensive touchdowns on a pair of interceptions and a fumble scoop-and-score.

In his freshman season with the Lobos, Smith appeared in 12 games and finished 13 tackles, seven solo, and one sack. His cousin, Armando Allen, was a running back for Notre Dame and recently signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.