Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt
No. 56 OT, three stars
Committed on June 9, 2014
Schmidt's Recruitment: South Dakota is not exactly a recruiting hotbed, but as a big kid with notable athleticism, Schmidt started to catch the eye of recruiters as early as his sophomore season. The 6-7 lineman visited Nebraska that year and also heard from Arkansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio State during the campaign.
Things changed for good though in May when Schmidt received an offer from Ohio State and offensive line coach Ed Warinner.
"I've had my eyes on an Ohio State offer all along," Schmidt admitted at the time. "I don't have a favorite right now or a dream school but it's a big one for me. 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."
He made a trip to Columbus for a Buckeyes camp in June and quickly made up his mind, committing shortly after working out for the coaching staff.
"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."
He was chosen for and competed on the West squad at the Semper Fi All-American Bowl this January, where he said he was excited about quickly getting in the mix at OSU.
“I move in on Friday. I’m really excited. I’ll miss my family and stuff like that, but it’s the right fit for me to get started on school and get spring ball going,” he said.
Expected to play tackle, Schmidt is the first scholarship player for the Buckeyes from South Dakota on record.
Early Impact: Schmidt will get an upper hand by coming in early, though it would be tough to expect him to earn much playing time in 2015. Most offensive linemen require at least a year of seasoning to be ready, and the Buckeyes not only return four starters on the line but also have a solid crop of 2014 recruits who will be ahead of him and have a chance to step up. Still, any extra time to work with Warinner is the kind of thing that can help a lineman immensely, so Schmidt has taken a smart track to come in early and get his feet wet in the spring.
Expert Take: "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." - Scout Midwest analyst Allen Trieu