PLEASANT HILL, Ill. (WGEM) -- The Culver-Stockton football team has added plenty of much needed size up front with their latest recruiting class.
But it's a safe bet Wednesday's trip to Pleasant Hill netted head coach Jeff Duvendeck his largest additions in a single stop.
Twin towers Boe and Blake Smith signed their national letters of intent with the Wildcats in front of dozens of friends and family members.
Best friends off the field, the Smith brothers says there's a certain comfort level in agreeing to join forces at the next level.
"It's a lot better to be going in with somebody (you know) especially in football because we both know what each other's going to do," Boe said.
"We're with each other all the time and we're never apart. Even when we're with our girlfriends, it doesn't matter he's still with me."
Blake doesn't anticipate much of a change in Canton.
"I think it will be pretty much the same (because) I've been with him my whole life, and I know everything about him. We've probably been separate maybe three days since we were born."
Both Boe and Blake are back in the weight room in search of making an immediate impact in Canton. The goal of earning playing time as freshman is something both offensive lineman are eager to achieve.
Their former coach and their current one are confident the Smith twins will excel as time goes on.
"I think being at the college level and in a college program they're going to have more opportunities to get better," Pleasant Hill/Western head coach Mike Giles explained.
"I really think they're going to help out Culver a lot."
Duvendeck can't wait to see what both have to offer.
"I'm excited about it," Duvendeck said.
"Communication is so huge up front and to get twins who will hopefully be playing next to each other, and to have that sense of what the other one is doing, is huge for us."
The Smith's join an impressive recruiting class, especially in the trenches.
So far, Duvendeck and his staff have signed a total of nine offensive lineman including Quincy High's Jacob Calvin who will make his decision official on Thursday.
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