Jeremiah Smith is already becoming an Ohio State football legend

The freshman receiver is already getting compared to Ohio State football greats and has acheived something no one else has.

Mar 7, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jeremiah Smith (4) returns a punt
Mar 7, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jeremiah Smith (4) returns a punt / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA

When freshmen come into the Ohio State football program, they have to earn their stripes. That's why they all get black stripes when they start Spring practice. They haven't earned the right to be a Buckeye quite yet. Usually, it takes freshmen a while to get that thing removed.

Not Jeremiah Smith. Smith became the fastest freshman in Ohio State football history to get his black stripe removed. He did so after just four Spring practices. He's the only freshman to not have his black stripe on this team and it seems like that's going to be the case for a while.

Smith is simply a physical freak. To come into the program at 6'3 and 215 pounds as a freshman is ludicrous. He looks like a grown man out there playing with a bunch of boys. God just doesn't make many like him, but he doesn't just rely on natural talent. He works hard too.

That's the main reason why he's already getting compared to the great Buckeyes of the past. Marvin Harrison was one of the best receivers in Ohio State history. Smith might get Buckeye fans to forget about his greatness as soon as next year. That's how good people think Smith can be.

With him already getting his stripe removed, he has signaled that he's ready for playing time right now. I think he's now the favorite to win the third receiver spot behind Emeka Egbuka and Carnell Tate. By season's end, he might end up getting more snaps then Tate.

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With how he's built, Smith has all of the tools to become the next great Ohio State receiver. That doesn't mean other Buckeyes should be forgotten, but he's a really good player already. I'm excited to see him play in the Spring Game because I want to see what he can do in a game setting.