Football Recruiting

4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba Commits To Buckeyes

Jaxon Smith-Njigba Dallas Morning News

Just a few hours after landing a commitment from 2019 running back prospect Marcus Crowley, business is BOOMing again at Ohio State.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a 4-star wide receiver prospect in the 2020 class, just committed to the Buckeyes.

Smith-Njigba is a 6-foot-1, 188 lb receiver from Rockwall, Texas.

He follows in the footsteps of 5-star 2019 prospect Garrett Wilson, another receiver who is headed to Columbus from the Lonestar State.

He has run a verified 40 time of 4.64, and his recruitment proceeded almost that quickly as well.

The Buckeyes first offered Smith-Njigba on September 17, while the coaching staff was down in Texas for the TCU game.

He visited Ohio State for the first time this past weekend for the Nebraska game, and apparently saw and heard all that he needed to. He picked the Buckeyes over offers from TCU and Notre Dame, among others.

He tweeted out a video announcing the commitment on Sunday night.

Smith-Njigba is ranked as the 59th-best wide receiver and No. 288 player overall in the 2020 class.

He is putting up insane numbers as a junior. Smith-Jjigba already has more than 1,300 yards receiving and 16 touchdown receptions on the year.

As the Dallas News pointed out, he has accounted for 40 percent of his school’s touchdowns this season, more than any other player in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

His highlight reel shows Smith-Njigba working as both an inside and outside receiver.

There are the standard-issue shots of him blowing past overmatched defensive backs to haul in bombs, but he also showcases some slick moves in the open field, and goes up to get fade routes as well.

Depending on how he grows between now and when he enrolls, Smith-Njigba could play in any of the three wide receiver positions for the Buckeyes.

However, he might be the best fit at Z, the position currently held down by speedsters like Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin.

You can watch his sophomore season highlights below.

[Header photo courtesy Dallas Morning News]

One Response

  1. I’ll leave recruiting to experts like osu but I wonder if ohio doesn’t have a six foot 180 lb. receiver that can blaze a 4.6 and a half, forty yard dash? I guess that makes him a possession receiver. I wonder if that makes getting separation harder? If he’s as good as clemson’s walk-on possession receiver, that would be good.

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