As a part of today’s Army All-American festivities, Ohio State’s defense received a verbal commitment from one of the top defensive backs in the country and a stand out in the state of Ohio.
Cleveland Glenville’s Erick Smith joined a long line of Tarblooders to don the scarlet and gray after a week where he excelled against some of the nation’s best athletes as a part of Army AA practices and scrimmages
Smith, a 6’1″, 185 pound safety led his Tarblooders team to the State Championship this year, and is described as a big hitter with solid hands who can play either the strong or free safety slots. At Glenville, he played on both sides of the ball and is a nifty runner with the ball in his hands.
Ranked as a “four star” prospect by most recruiting services, Smith held offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Illinois, and West Virginia.
His announcement today was not without some drama/excitement, depending on your perspective. Rumors had swirled all week regarding several of the Glenville All Stars choosing a different path; first it was Kentucky, and then there were reports that Smith wanted to postpone making a selection on Saturday so that he could take additional visits to Michigan and Michigan State.
This went against thoughts that he and Marshon Lattimore has been a “package deal” who’d wanted to announce at the Army Game for quite some time (Lattimore will announce in the fourth quarter). So, even though the Buckeyes were the recipient of his verbal commitment today, don’t be surprised if this process draws out until NLOID. It’s the “Glenville Way”, and fans should just take rumors and reports with a grain of salt until ink is on paper in the WHAC.
When Smith reports to Columbus, he brings a skill set that the Ohio State secondary has been looking for all season; he may be a great replacement for fellow Tarblood Alumni Christian Bryant. You can see why in the highlights from the State Title game after the jump:
Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Mr. Smith- we’re excited to have you a part of the program!