USAAAB: Smith Talks Buckeye Pledge

Erick Smith committed to Ohio State Saturday at the United States Army All-American game. The four-star safety became the 20th commitment in the Buckeye 2014 recruiting class.

The United States Army All-American Bowl proved to be a big hit for Ohio State, with several commits playing in the game and adding two more pledges on the day.

Safety Erick Smith started things off by committing to the Buckeyes during the nationally televised game. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound, four-star athlete is one of the top players in the Midwest.

"Ohio State was the right school for me because it was home away from home, and the place I always wanted to go," Smith stated. "Throughout the recruiting process I always had my eye on Ohio State, but the other schools were great too."

After stating a few days ago he was having second thoughts and was cancelling his announcement, Smith decided to go ahead with his decision.

"I wasn't playing around at all, because for a second I had a change of heart about announcing because I had two more officials I wanted to take to Kentucky and Michigan," he admitted. "I didn't want to commit and then take officials, but I'm done now and won't be visiting anywhere."

"I will be at Ohio State in June, and I'm excited to be a Buckeye," Smith said. "I'm going to play safety for them, and I'm ready to get going."

Following Smith's announcement, Ohio State also grabbed four-star cornerback Marshon Lattimore.


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