Minnesota is losing some key members of its defensive line from the 2021 season, but the Golden Gophers received some good news on Wednesday afternoon.

Former Harvard defensive tackle Chris Smith has announced his commitment to Minnesota via Twitter on Wednesday. He will add experience and depth to the defensive line for the Gophers heading into 2022.

Smith will have one year of eligibility remaining for the Golden Gophers.

In 2021, Smith was an All-Ivy League selection after totaling 40 stops and 3.5 sacks on the year. He was also responsible for 3 quarterback hurries and 2 forced fumbles during the season.

Smith brings a 6-foot-2, 300-pound frame to the Twin Cities. His arrival will help offset the departures of Boye Mafe, Esezi Otomewo and Nyles Pinckney. While there’s still a lot to replace, the addition of Smith is a nice boost for PJ Fleck and his staff.

The Gophers are coming off a 9-4 season in 2021, a lot of that success coming because of a stout defensive presence. Smith will have a chance to compete for immediate playing time along the defensive line for Minnesota next fall.