Recruiting Update - Nick Smith

DE/TE Nick Smith from Canton GlenOak was one of the many fine prospects who attended OSU Senior Advanced Camp yesterday. He talked with us today about how things went, what the plan is for the future and more.

We recently profiled DE prospect Nick Smith from Canton GlenOak High School (OH) on Nick attended the Ohio State camp on June 26th, and I caught up with him to talk about his performance at camp and what has been going on since we last spoke.

"I had a great camp," Smith confidently explains. "I ran the best 40 time of my life (4.85), and I won just about every one-on-one drill." He also put up 255 lbs on bench 15 times, and measured in at 6'6", 265 lbs.

Even though Smith is being recruited as a DE, he played the TE position for all but three games last season. "Coaches like me a lot, but I haven't gotten an offer from Ohio State because they don't have any film on me at DE yet. I think they will watch my first game, and we will go from there," says Smith. "The one-on-one drills and my 40 time definitely got me a lot closer to the coaches."

As Smith explains, one coach on the Buckeye staff took a particular liking to him. "Coach Heacock (DL coach) liked me a lot. He picked me to demonstrate every drill we had – there were about 40 DL at my station. I have talked to him before. We get along very well, and we got a lot closer the past couple of days. I have also talked to Coach Tressel a lot too. I like him a lot" 

Smith expects to get an offer from Ohio State sometime during the season after he has played a few games and the Buckeye coaching staff can see him on film. "I am going to the Pitt camp this weekend, and Head Coach Walt Harris said he is going to give me an offer. Michigan State is really interested in me too. Their coach came down and visited me at school this year," says Smith.

Smith feels the one-day camp was beneficial and he learned a lot. He explains, "I learned a lot of new moves to get around offensive linemen quick. I learned a lot of technique stuff that is going to help me a lot this year. The most important thing I learned were some moves from Coach Heacock so I can get around that tackle and rip inside. I will use those moves a lot this year."

As mentioned in our previous profile on him, Smith suffered an injury in the last game of last season, which was one of the games he played DE. In order to ensure he doesn't get hurt again this season, Smith has been taking the necessary precautions to prevent another injury. "I am a lot more flexible than last year. I stretch out twice a day. Stretching is a big part of not getting hurt. I am getting as strong as an ox too. I deadlift 630 lbs and bench 360 lbs. I have been running with the team everyday and just doing everything to make myself a better football player," explains Smith.

When asked which other players put on a good performance at the Ohio State camp, Nick said, "Fred Davis out of Toledo Rogers, Steven Walker from Akron Buchtel, Ted Ginn – those skilled guys did well. Ben Person, who already committed to Ohio State, I talked to Brandon Braxton, Steve Rehring, Gerald Cadogan – I went up against all those guys one-on-one."

Smith likes Ohio State for more than it's legendary football program. His brother and sister both graduated from Ohio State, and his family has always been avid Buckeye fans. "I don't want to go to a small university. I like to meet a lot of new people. I like the atmosphere and how the campus is spread out. Everyone is a Buckeye fan down there," says Smith. 

This will be an important senior season for Nick Smith. Moving to a new position is a difficult task. Smith is working hard in the off-season to learn everything about the DE position and is doing everything he can to become a dominant force. Just speaking with him, it is apparent Smith is enthusiastic about making the change and welcomes the challenge. His goals for the season include recording at least 100 tackles, winning the Federal League Championship, and a berth in the playoffs. 

Look forward to a breakout season from Nick Smith at the new position. He is making a big impression on the Ohio State coaching staff.

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