One of the more imposing looking players in the North-South All-Star Classic at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds was Brandon Smith of Euclid High School.
"It was great competition and it was fun," Smith said. "It hurts to lose, but it's an all-star game and there were a lot of big plays made and so on."
Smith, who played his customary linebacker position in the contest for the North squad, wasn't exactly happy with his performance in his team's losing cause.
"I couldn't really do much," Smith said. "I can't blitz and I can't drop all the way back into coverage, so it's like I didn't do much. It hurts because I didn't really contribute."
But the game itself didn't take away from the overall excitement that he experienced during the rest of the week.
"It was a great week," Smith said. "I got to hang with a lot of guys I didn't know, and some were my rivals. I became good friends with almost all of them."
Smith came away from the game very impressed with Curtis Terry, his future Ohio State teammate.
"He had a great game, and that was his goal (to win the MVP). He told us on Sunday that was his goal, and he did it," Smith said. "I'm happy for him."
He also commented on a few of his future Buckeye teammates on the other side of the ball for the South.
Smith was headed back Euclid to continue working out at home over the summer.
"I'm just going to get back in the weight room and pick it up a notch and get ready for the Big 33," he said. "And then eventually get ready to go to school."
The anticipation is great for Smith concerning his future at Ohio State.
"I just can't wait," he said. "I'm going to soak in everything like a sponge. I'm going to try to hang around A.J. Hawk (and Bobby Carpenter) and maybe they'll rub off on me when I get to campus and learn everything I can."
He's slated at Sam linebacker for the time being.
"That's what they're telling me now," Smith said, "but I think I'll get too big and I'll end up on the line."