Commitment Capsule: Erick Smith

Cleveland Glenville (Ohio) four-star safety Erick Smith made his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He has been steadily rising up the rankings this year. What are the Buckeyes getting in Smith?

Committed to:
Erick Smith profile

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Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville

His Recruiting Story:
Smith's recruitment really heated up early in junior season, when early game tape on the heels of good summer camp performances brought about a host of college interest. On a late September visit to Georgia Tech, he landed his first offer from the Yellowjackets. After his junior season was completed, and the film made the rounds, he would then add an Ohio State offer in January and Alabama in February. Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee and others would follow. During his senior season, he helped Glenville reach the state title game. He would also take official visits to Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Alabama before announcing his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Where We've Seen Him:
Best of the Midwest (2013), Sound Mind Sound Body (2013), Ohio State camp (2012), vs East Tech (2012), vs Cleveland John Adams (2012), vs Lakewood St. Edward (2013), vs Loveland (2013), Game Film vs. Solon (2012), U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices (2013-2014)

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Scouting Report:
Smith has good size for the position. He has not had a true stopwatch put on him, but he has great football speed. A large part of that is that he is a smart, instinctive player who sees things quickly, which allows him to play faster. He has a nose for the football and is a well rounded kid, equally comfortable in coverage as he is against the run. He's a big hitter and a sure tackler who can play up in the box when needed. He shows great ball skills as well as the timing and anticipation to jump routes. Although not asked to do it much at Glenville, he has shown he can play man to man in camp settings, although his technique in that area is still a work in progress.

Glenville has produced some outstanding defensive backs and Smith looks like he will be one of the next ones. He is a good athlete, maybe not elite athleticism, but his instincts, intelligence and feel for the game are what pushes him into the potentially special category. With the size and versatility to move around to different spots in a defense plus the benefits he will receive from a college strength and conditioning program, he's the type of kid that could start several years and be the quarterback of a secondary.

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