Wednesday is early National Signing Day and the Ohio State football team is reeling a bit. They already lost a recruit to Miami this week and are hoping not to lose another one elsewhere. One recruit that they know they don't have to worry about happens to be their best.
That recruit is Jeremiah Smith. Smith is the number-one recruit in the country and is another dynamic receiver that the Buckeyes add to a room that is already loaded. He has been on a few official visits recently and has had a bunch of money thrown at him from some schools. Yet, he remains unwavering in his support for the Ohio State football program.
Smith told everyone that he has had a bunch of money thrown at him from Florida State and Miami specifically. Yet, he is focused more on development and how Ohio State develops its receivers for NFL success than immediately being showered with dollar bills.
As you can see, he's more focused on being a great receiver in college and the NFL than he is about becoming rich right away. That's exactly the type of player that the Buckeyes want to recruit. That's the type of recruit they should be going after at all position groups.
Unfortunately, some of their recent recruiting hasn't been stellar, specifically on the offensive line. Justin Frye doesn't have any sort of track record of developing high-level talent up front into elite NFL players. Paris Johnson Jr. is someone he tries to claim but he was developed by Greg Studrawa.
We'll see where the Buckeyes' recruiting class ends up in terms of the rankings when the signing period is over in February. Until then, Ryan Day just needs to worry about keeping the guys he's already got committed and getting as many of them signed on Wednesday as he can.