Smith Down To Two Schools

Since word first broke that Ohio State had issued him a scholarship offer, Roderick Smith has listed the Buckeyes as his top school. In this update, Smith discusses his top two schools, his summer plans and when he hopes to make a final decision.

It is officially a two-horse race for Roderick Smith, and the clock is ticking.

The four-star running back from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Paul Harding has narrowed his list to two schools and has a timetable in mind for when he will announce a verbal commitment.

"I'm going to make my decision in two-to-three weeks," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I've narrowed it down to Ohio State and Michigan State."

Rumors had pegged Smith as scheduled to be in attendance tomorrow for an OSU camp, but that talk proved to be nothing more than just that. However, there are plans for at least one more visit to see the Buckeyes before he announces his decision.

"I'm going to be down there July 1st for a visit to watch the team work out and to hang out with the players," he said. "Then I'll make it down and do a camp in July or I might just come back down and hang out with the players more."

There are no concrete plans to do the same for the Spartans.

"Hopefully I'll check them out, but I'm not sure if I'm going to check them out or not," he said.

Smith said he is being recruited by MSU offensive coordinator Don Treadwell and OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel.

"They don't pressure me or anything," he said. "We call each other and they check to see how I'm doing and how school is going. I'm still working hard and still focused. It's a fun conversation."

Smith is ranked as the No. 6 running back prospect in the country by Scout.com. Entering his senior season, Smith has rushed for 5,285 yards after gaining 1,685 as a junior. He has recently added offers from Illinois and Tennessee but said he is glad to see the recruiting process coming to an end for a number of reasons.

"It's not just the calls but people are bugging me about what I'm going to do and what I should do," he said. "I'm just ready to get it over with."

The Buckeyes also have scholarship offers out to four-star running back prospects Spencer Ware (ranked No. 11 in the nation) and Corey Brown (No. 12). Smith said he is not sure how many running backs OSU is hoping to land for its class of 2010, but he said he is the top target on their list.

"I'm not sure if I'm going to be the only running back they're going to bring in but I know I'm the top running back they're looking for," he said.

Smith said he has not attended any camps this summer. Instead, he has been focused on helping prepare his team for the upcoming season. Already named a team captain, Smith said he is embracing the role.

"It comes naturally to me, but it's my senior year and I'm finally the main guy, the top, the captain," he said. "I have to lead my team in the right way. There's a lot of pressure on me. Everybody's depending on me. I have to be a leader, do the right thing and hopefully lead this team to state.

"I don't really feel any pressure or put too much pressure on myself. I know that (leadership) comes easy to me. I'm more focused on football than recruiting."


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