The Fort Wayne, Ind., native arrived in Columbus as a highly touted four-star running back who was rated No. 8 in the country at his position. At Ohio State, though, he struggled to live up to the expectations he generated with his high school play.
He never started a game in his career, but he was putting together what could have been the most productive season of his tenure, having rushed for 102 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries. His revival as a back who could be counted on in goal-line situations stood in stark contrast to his status a few months ago, when Smith couldn't even finish spring practice.
"Oh, yeah. He was 88, out the gate in spring," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer told reporters on Oct. 13. "Non factor. When I was getting ready for training camp, there was part of me saying we probably won't have him back. Not a bad guy, just struggled academically, didn't do much."