Three-Star Defensive End Smith Vilbert Signs Letter of Intent with Penn State

By Matt de Bear on February 6, 2019 at 9:36 am
Smith Vilbert signed his letter of intent with Penn State on Wednesday.

Welcome to National Signing Day for the 2019 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)

Smith Vilbert did not focus solely on football until this past season, and boy did it pay off. By the time he committed to Penn State in early-January he had risen an astounding 1,300-plus spots in the 247Sports Composite ranking. Sean Spencer is going to have a lot of fun working with this young man.

Smith Vilbert
Position: Strong-side defensive end
Height/Weight: 6'6/250 lbs.
High School: St. Joseph Regional (NJ)
247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8722)
Positional Rank: No. 622 Overall, No. 38 Strong-side defensive end, No. 14 in New Jersey
Commitment Date: January 18, 2019

RLR's Take

Vilbert could be one of the most underrated prospects by the time the book is written on the 2019 class in a few years. He is your prototypical high-ceiling player with the "can't teach it" athleticism and size that coaches drool over. His biggest weaknesses all trace back to inexperience, but at 6'6 and 250 lbs., he has all of the physical tools Sean Spencer could ask for in an edge rusher.

Moving Forward

This is another case where patience will be needed, and also one where it can be used. The Nittany Lions are talented and deep at defensive end, which will allow Spencer and the staff to bring Vilbert along at the appropriate pace. Anything they get from Vilbert before the 2021 season will feel like a bonus.


2019 Defensive End Scholarship Chart
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
  Daniel Joseph*   Jayson Oweh*
  Shane Simmons*   Nick Tarburton*
  Shaka Toney*   Hakeem Beamon
  Yetur Gross-Matos   Adisa Isaac
      Smith Vilbert

* denotes redshirt season taken

Welcome to Penn State, Smith.