Sioux Falls (SD) Roosevelt offensive tackle Grant Schmidt camped at Ohio State yesterday, but had already picked up an offer. Afterwards he hung around to visit the rest of the Buckeye campus.
Ohio State was always a school he had his eye on ever since his recruiting process started and today he made it official by giving the Buckeye staff his verbal pledge.
Schmidt discussed that decision and when he knew it was the right moment to pull the trigger.
"I decided during camp that it was the place I wanted to be at," he said. "Being coached up by them and being around the coaches clinched the deal for me. I decided to go forward and let them know my intentions today. People think I set the tone and made my offer committable at camp yesterday, but it's been that way for two months now. I was informed I had that opportunity since Coach Warinner came out and visited me a couple months ago."
The three-star lineman shared his feelings about the Buckeyes that goes back a couple years.
"When I was a freshman they were my dream school," Schmidt admitted about Ohio State. "It was a school I didn't think would ever work out for me. I was just some little kid from South Dakota. It was where I always wanted to go so I busted it to make it happen. It's nice to see that hard work does pay off."
The newest Buckeye commitment made his way around campus today and got an even better appreciation for the Ohio State program.
"I just loved the atmosphere of the entire place," Schmidt explained. "It's such a powerhouse program. I loved the whole thing. They're the complete package. It was great to be able to go inside the stadium. It was very, very cool. I loved seeing the strength and conditioning areas and the weight room. I'm into that kind of stuff so that part really stuck out to me."
The coaching staff was very excited to add him to the class according to Schmidt.
"I told Coach Meyer, Coach Warinner, and Coach Herman all at once that I wanted to be in the class and commit," he mentioned. "They were all together and I let them know and they were pretty pumped about it. I felt like they were very happy. Everyone seemed like a happy camper, including myself. They were congratulating me the whole way through. I'm ready to work my tail off for them."
"They're very excited about my athleticism," Schmidt added. "I was clocked at 4.79 in the pro agility test and my vertical leap was 29 inches. They also really liked my technique and footwork. They said it was my greatest attribute. I just need to refine my upper body. I have to clean it up and get stronger."
What's next for Schmidt?
"I'm all in," he noted. "I'll just take an official visit to Ohio State and be done with it. There's no going back on my word and I won't be listening to any other schools. I'm not sure how involved I will be in rerouting the rest of the class. I'm not sure how much of a role I will play there. A lot of times the best want to play with the best so they know where they need to go to get that done. I hope that's what attracts everyone to Ohio State."
Schmidt "All In" With Ohio State
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