Ohio State Football recruit turning heads at camp

Dublin Coffman defensive linemen recruit Will Smith Jr. walks around the stadium before Ohio State Buckeyes takes on Maryland Terrapins at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 9, 2021. Smith Jr. is the son of the late, Will Smith, who was a standout at Ohio State and with the New Orleans Saints.Osu21mary Kwr 07
Dublin Coffman defensive linemen recruit Will Smith Jr. walks around the stadium before Ohio State Buckeyes takes on Maryland Terrapins at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 9, 2021. Smith Jr. is the son of the late, Will Smith, who was a standout at Ohio State and with the New Orleans Saints.Osu21mary Kwr 07 /
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The Ohio State football program is hosting another camp this week on campus. There are kids there as young as 8th graders trying to get better and get noticed by the Buckeyes’ coaching staff. A lot of them are there to see if they can get some scholarship offers.

A lot of the kids have been doing well in the two camps that Ohio State has hosted. Today is the first day of the second camp. Someone who has been turning heads at both last week’s camp and so far today is already an Ohio State football recruit and the son of a Buckeye legend.

That prospect is Will Smith Jr. Smith Jr. is the son of the late great Will Smith, who was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a First-Team All-American back in 2003. Smith was also a first-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and is in the New Orleans Saints’ Ring of Honor.

Smith Jr. is a three-star prospect for the class of 2023 out of Dublin Coffman High School. The local product has already indicated that he will be attending all of the camps at Ohio State this Summer. He has done well so far in the drills as well.

With a good year in 2022, Smith Jr. could push himself up into the four-star territory. He has the genetics from his dad to be great and has shown flashes of that in high school as well. He’s trying to carve his own path as a prospect and make his own name known.

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A good camp season is a good place to start. Getting the attention of the Buckeyes’ coaches a year before stepping on campus is never a bad thing. Hopefully, he can use this early coaching to improve his game at the high school level before getting to Columbus next Fall.