Erick Smith commits to Buckeyes

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Football Recruiting
Erick Smith is Number 20
By Michael Chung

Standing 6’1” 190 lbs., Eric Smith becomes one of three members of the Cleveland Glenville Tarblooders to commit to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. With offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, and Tennessee, Smith followed the long legacy of Glenville football stars to Ohio State. Donte Whitner, Christian Bryant, and Jermale Hines are all Tarblooder DBs that have starred at OSU.

A little drama ensued earlier this week on Smith’s recruitment. After declaring he would announce at the Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4, Smith later told the media that he would not be announcing and would take official visits to Michigan and Michigan State. That news was not expected. Tony Gerdeman writes, “The news of Smith's delay was a bit of a surprise given that both players said that they knew which school they were choosing when they spoke with The-Ozone earlier in the week.” But later, things cleared up, Gerdeman goes on to write, “Late Friday afternoon, however, Smith announced that he would still be announcing at the game on Saturday, tweeting that he and Lattimore would both be committing and that “we had a plan a long time ago & we're sticking to it.”

Smith gave Ozone readers a preview of his commitment when in an Ozone interview; he said that he had high interest in Ohio State and that former Tarblooders/Buckeye alums influence him to Ohio State. You can read his Ozone interview here.

His closest friend on the current OSU team is Chris Worley and his best friend on this years’ Cleveland-Glenville team is Marshon Lattimore. The two were inseparable during the Army Bowl week; even fellow players noticed they were always together. They did not deny, in Ozone interview, that they were a packaged deal and what a sweet package it was for Ohio State.

Having two top prospects commit the day after a searing bowl lose removes some of the sting. With Smith and Lattimore in the fold, the Buckeyes are at 21 and have room for 2-4 more. Still one month away from National Signing Day, expect the news to get even hotter.

Ozone contributor John McCalister, founder of McCallister Scouting Report (MSR Ohio). Rated Smith #2 in Ohio right behind his good friend— Marshon Lattimore— the top player in Ohio for 2014. He writes, “Physical. Excellent run stopper. Backpedals. Fast. If he gets bigger, may have to move inside to safety.”

He can play safety or CB at Ohio State and is a huge get for the 2014 recruiting class.

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