Ohio State football: The Jeremiah Smith hype has reached another level

The Ohio State football team had an open practice on Saturday. It was one that saw a true freshman steal the show.

Mar 7, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jeremiah Smith (4) catches a pass
Mar 7, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jeremiah Smith (4) catches a pass / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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The Ohio State football team had its annual Student Appreciation Day over the weekend. It was the first time that a lot of people got to see the new roster that the Buckeyes have. It also was the first time that the media got an extended look at the team as well.

There were a few solid performers during that practice. Devin Brown looked strong at quarterback, as did freshman Julian Sayin. The interior defensive line also looked pretty strong. One player stole the show more than anyone else though. The hype surrounding him is reaching an insane level at this point.

That player is true freshman Jeremiah Smith. Smith showed off his freaky athleticism all over the field and was the best player on it. That's incredible considering he was in high school just a few months ago. The hype train had already left the station, but now it's at a whole new level.

Smith is going to get playing time this season. He's too talented not to. The question is how much playing time he gets. Will he be the third receiver? Could he possibly jump Carnell Tate to be the number two guy? That's one of the things I'm going to be watching in the Spring Game.

That Spring Game is going to answer a lot of questions as to how Ryan Day and the coaching staff see the team right now. Since that will be the first real game action this team has seen, we'll learn who they have as the starters at each position at this time in Spring.

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When asked about Smith's potential, Day didn't want to get carried away. He knows how good of a player they have on their hands. Now, it's all about managing expectations and making sure that he doesn't try to do too much too early.