Connor Smith Picks Ohio State

Cincinnati Colerain offensive lineman Connor Smith has given a verbal commitment to Ohio State. Click here for more (updated at 4 p.m. with additional quotes).

Cincinnati Colerain offensive lineman Connor Smith has given a verbal commitment to Ohio State.

Bucknuts.com spoke with Smith Sunday afternoon and he confirmed the commitment.

"I made my decision today. I called (OSU head coach Jim) Tressel up this morning after church and I committed to Ohio State," he said.

The 6-5, 305-pound Smith is ranked as the No. 1 offensive line prospect in the Midwest and the No. 5 offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com. He is also ranked as Ohio's No. 4 overall prospect by Ohio High Magazine. He chose OSU over Florida.

"Back in February when Ohio State offered me, I really wanted to commit then," Smith said. "But both my parents have been very supportive of me and they said you need to take your time. It's been my dream since I was old enough to understand football – just watching on TV – it's been my dream since I was a little kid to play for the Buckeyes. But my parents told me to explore my avenues to make sure I wasn't missing out on anything."

Smith's father – Joe Smith – was an offensive lineman at Ohio State from 1978-82.

Smith becomes the seventh member of Ohio State's 2006 recruiting class, joining: RB Chris Wells, LB Ross Homan, TE Jake Ballard, DB Kurt Coleman, QB Antonio Henton and WR Josh Chichester.

Smith says he was impressed with Urban Meyer and the Florida program, but he never wavered from OSU.

"When I took my visits, it made my feelings for Ohio State even stronger," he said. "I knew it was the place for me. Playing under coach Tressel and (offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jim) Bollman was just the right fit for me."

Smith says he is relieved to get his decision out of the way. He can now focus on winning a second-straight state championship at Colerain.

"My goal was to get it done before the season and it just felt right to do it today," Smith said. "I called up Coach Tressel and he was pretty excited. He was excited and I'm excited."

We also caught up with Joe Smith, who was a proud father on this day.




"It's been a great ride since his junior season and the state championship and the recruiting has been fun," he said. "Connor has taken a great look at a lot of outstanding schools, but he's been a Buckeye at heart since – as I told Coach Tressel – he was a Buckeye in the womb so to speak. He's grown up around Ohio State and rooting for Ohio State.

"But as a parent, I wanted to give him every opportunity. I've tried to be very neutral in this whole process, as his mother has been. This was his decision. This is the next four years of his life and I think he made a great decision."

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