In the world of NIL, recruits are flipping to another school almost daily. A lot of recruits will just go where there is the highest amount of NIL money offered. The Ohio State football team had to deal with that not too long ago when Dylan Raiola decided to de-commit.
Another recruit that the Buckeyes have in the 2024 class has also been contacted by other schools about flipping. That recruit is number two overall recruit and five-star receiver Jeremiah Smith. Smith is from Florida and has had multiple schools continue to reach out to him.
Smith said that he has been contacted by schools such as Miami, Florida State, Florida, and Tennessee to try to get him to flip. He continues to rebuke them, saying in an interview with ON3 that he is committed to Ohio State and has wanted to since April.
It’s not surprising that other schools are reaching out to him and trying to get him to flip. I don’t even necessarily blame those schools for doing so. We know that Ryan Day and his staff is doing the same thing to other recruits around the country as well.
Jeremiah Smith wants to be with the Ohio State football team.
Right now, it’s just nice to see a recruit want to stay with the Buckeyes. With how the 2022 season ended, there was a lot of negativity around the program on the field and on the recruiting trail. This is a bit of good news that Buckeye fans need to see.
With all of this being said, there is still a long time between now and December when Smith can first sign his Letter of Intent. Until then, he can still commit to another school if he wants. Day and Brian Hartline will have to continue to recruit him until then.
I hope that Smith does indeed stay committed to the Buckeyes and he can bring other top recruits with him as well. It’ll be interesting to see how Smith’s continued recruitment will unfold.