Grant Schmidt profile
Pos Rank: #58 OT
State Rank: #1
6-6 | 275
Sioux Falls (SD) Roosevelt
His Recruiting Story:
Hailing from a highly successful program, Schmidt stepped in as a sophomore and started for Roosevelt, helping his team reach the playoffs. The recruiting attention began that year and after an early offer from South Dakota State, he added his first BCS offer when Washington State came through. Minnesota would follow along with schools like Cincinnati. The spring following his junior year, more offers would come including Ohio State in May. After visiting the Buckeyes for camp in early June with his parents, he committed to Urban Meyer and his staff.
"I've had my eyes on an Ohio State offer all along. Coach Warinner and I have a very good relationship. They've gone undefeated a couple times recently and they're always good. It's a national championship contending team. They're going to send some really talented offensive lineman to the NFL draft this year."
"We've had coaches tell us that his footwork and technique are ahead of a lot of other top recruits."
-- Roosevelt head coach Kim Nelson in Argus Leader.
Where We've Seen Him: Columbus NFTC (2013), Ohio State Camp (2014), Highlight Film (2012, 2013)
Schmidt has a big frame and is in good shape as a lean kid without a ton of body fat. He has good athleticism and can move and run better than most kids his size. He is still learning in terms of technique, particularly in pass protection. He has all the tools to be great in that area but has to keep polishing his game and get stronger. He plays hard, gives great effort and is a smart, coachable kid. He will have to adjust to college level of competition as well as he dominates at his high school being so much bigger and more athletic than who he faces week after week.
Schmidt is more of a long term guy, but his frame and athleticism are the prototype for an offensive line recruit. He may get a look inside, but it all depends on how he continues to develop. He will benefit greatly from a redshirt year and a college strength and conditioning program, as he has the work ethic to take advantage of that in Columbus.