Nigel Smith II

  • Pos DL
  • Height 6-4
  • Weight 255

Prospect Info

  • High School Melissa
  • City Melissa, TX
  • Exp 2024 - ...

Oklahoma Sooners

  • Jersey #6
  • Class FR

As a Prospect

  • Class 2024
  • Committed 9/8/2023
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H.S. Scouting Report

Evaluated 03/14/2023

Gabe Brooks 247Sports Scouting Analyst

Good height and general build that fits myriad front-line defensive roles. Size not verified and length unknown, but frame looks plenty big enough to provide high-end bulking capacity.

Strength- and power-oriented defensive playmaker who often overwhelms high school blockers. Displays above average first-step explosion.

Capable of getting on top of offensive linemen quickly and getting them on their heels. Also flashes knife-through ability at times to make plays in the backfield. Encouraging redirecting suddenness for a bigger-bodied D-lineman.

Dangerous bull rusher vs. high school opponents. Will take a blocker into the quarterback if required. Also displays encouraging pursuit athleticism and range relative to size and role, including some chase-down examples.

Will need to add nuance to move set, particularly as a rusher. Varying speeds and movement patterns could help raise pass-rushing ceiling. Get-off is usually twitchy but snap anticipation can improve. Taller prospect whose pad level sometimes sacrifices leverage.

Legitimate high-major defensive line prospect with a desired multi-sport background (basketball) that often reflects in on-field functional athleticism. Ideally more physical and athletic data becomes available between junior and senior seasons, but appears to own physical traits and on-field context to eventually become a quality P5 defender with a long-term ceiling that could lead to the NFL.

H.S. Athletic Background

Also plays basketball.
2023: Texas District 7-5A D-II Defensive MVP as a senior. Helped Melissa to a 10-2 record and a 5A D-II second-round playoff appearance.
2022: Texas District 7-5A D-II Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior; Texas Sportswriters Association (TSWA) Class 5A first-team all-state selection as a junior.
2021: Texas District 7-4A D-I unanimous Defensive Lineman of the Year as a sophomore
2020: Texas District 7-4A D-I Co-Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.


  • Nigel Smith Father

    Former SMU basketball center in the early 2000s

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