Ohio QB Smith Competes At OSU Camp

South Point, Ohio, quarterback Chris Smith was among a group of about 15 or 20 quarterbacks at Saturday's senior advanced camp at Ohio State. Smith already has several scholarship offers. Following the camp, he shared some candid comments on his day at OSU as well as on the schools he is considering. Click here for more.

South Point, Ohio, quarterback Chris Smith attended Saturday's advanced camp at Ohio State.

Afterwards, Smith (6-3, 226) shared some candid thoughts on the day as well as on where his recruiting stands.

"It is a nice place," Smith said of OSU. "This was the first time I have been inside the indoor facility. It was nice to get out and compete with some other people. This is only the second camp I have been to this year.

"There were some great athletes here today. There were a lot of guys catching and running. It's weird, I got stuck with my receiver (South Point teammate Heath Bridges) today. We kept getting in the same lines today. But there were a lot of great receivers here today."

Smith has been hobbled a bit by an ankle injury. He has run as fast as 4.7 seconds in the 40, but only went 4.9 at OSU.

"My ankle has been hurting me," Smith said. "That's why I didn't qualify for the state track meet in the shot and discus. My ankle has been bothering me. I'm still trying to get over that. I've been wearing a big brace."

Smith was ranked as the No. 19 prospect in the state in the May edition of Ohio High. As a junior, he passed for over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for over 700 yards and scored six touchdowns.

"I really do not consider myself to be stronger in any particular aspect of the game," Smith said. "I just try to go out there and play. I have a strong arm, but people say that I am elusive as well. I move around well in the pocket."

Smith has early offers from West Virginia, Marshall, Ohio U., Bowling Green, Akron and Cincinnati.

"There are some more that say offers are on the way," Smith said. "I don't have any favorites. I'm wide open."

UC coach Mark Dantonio was at Saturday's camp.

"We talked for a little bit," Smith said.

While West Virginia – coming off a Big East title and a Sugar Bowl win – would clearly be the best school that has offered Smith to date, he does not see a scenario where he signs with the Mountaineers.

"They have already committed two quarterbacks," Smith said. "That is pretty much out of the question. It would be hard to go in there as one of three new quarterbacks."

Regarding Ohio State, Smith said he enjoyed working with quarterbacks coach Joe Daniels at the camp. He hopes he was able to do enough to merit consideration for a scholarship.

"Coach Daniels is a great coach," Smith said. "It would be an honor to get offered by them. There is a lot of speculation going around now that they aren't going to offer a quarterback. Maybe I don't fit what they're looking for. It would be great if it happened, but if it doesn't that's OK as well."

As for his summer plans, Smith said, "I think my team is going to do some 7-on-7 camps at a few places. Other than that I'm not sure what my schedule looks like this summer.

"I don't really have a timetable for making a decision. I'm going to wait and while and see who offers me before I narrow things down."

Smith hopes to help lead South Point to a strong season. His team was 6-4 in 2005.

"We only lost two seniors from last year's team," he said. "We should be pretty good. We return a lot of good players."

Click the link below for Smith's Scout.com database page, where there are a ton of video links.

Chris Smith Database Page


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