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5 Things to Know About Donovan Smith

Get to know the Bucs' new offensive tackle.


READ: BUCS DRAFT DONOVAN SMITH1. He was a highly-coveted prospect coming out of high school.

At Owings Mills High School in Maryland, Smith was a four-start recruit. He was ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the state and No. 9 player at that position in the country. He had offers from West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Maryland and Pittsburg, among others.

2. He helped Owings Mills break a 53-game losing streak in 2010.
The Baltimore Sun credits Smith for helping his high school snap a 53-game losing streak in 2010. Smith wasn't highly recruited as an underclassman, but burst onto the scene in his final two years. "A major part of the Eagles' unexpected turnaround was offensive lineman Donovan Smith," The Sun wrote. "The 6-foot-6, 260-pound tackle has made a quick transition from relative anonymity to heavily recruited offensive line prospect."

3. He believes he can play four of the five positions on the line.
Smith played tackle in college but prides himself in his versatility. "I'm a tackle, I could play either or," Smith said. "But I also like to say that I can play four out of five positions. Anywhere I need to be on the line to make the line stronger, that's where I'll be. But in my mind I'm a tackle."

4. He was studying to get into law enforcement.
Smith was majoring in criminology at Penn State with aspirations of becoming a detective or an FBI agent, according to the school's website.

5. He's a normal guy off the field.
When not playing football, Smith enjoys music, reading, cooking, fishing, playing video games and watching stand-up comedy, according to his bio on Penn State's site.

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