First-year Maryland coach Mike Locksley landed another big name in the transfer market on Monday, and this one will provide a boost to the Terrapins defense. The school announced that former redshirt junior Clemson linebacker Shaq Smith has joined the program as a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play immediately.
Smith played in all 15 games for the undefeated national champion Tigers in 2018. He notched 17 tackles, 2.5 for loss and one sack, playing mostly a reserve role in coordinator Brent Venables' defense. His one sack came in the Cotton Bowl national semifinal win over Notre Dame. Smith had 12 tackles and an interception as a redshirt freshman in 2017, and played in 13 of the Tigers' 14 games. He had seven tackles in the Tigers' spring game in 2019.
A former four-star prospect from nearby Baltimore, Smith was one of the top prospects in Clemson's 2016 recruiting class.