Smith Leaves Happy With Performance

One of the top stories of Ohio State's senior camp day Sunday was the play of Massillion (Ohio) Washington wideout Devin Smith. The three-star prospect left with a smile after performing well, but is an OSU offer on the way? What impact would that have on Smith's recruiting? And which OSU recruit is firmly in Smith's corner? BuckeyeSports.com has the latest.

On a sweltering Sunday in Columbus, Devin Smith put his talents on display for the Ohio State football coaching staff at its senior advanced camp.

That might lead to a manic Monday for the wideout from Massillon Washington.

Ohio State can't offer players on a camp day, but Smith was able to discuss his place in a rapidly filling class of 2011 with the Buckeye coaching staff when the camp was over and left with the thought that he'll get back in touch with the staff on Monday.

"They are still in the process of talking to me, but I think it's looking pretty good," Smith said. "I'm just going to keep in contact with then and I'll call them Monday and see what's happening."

The three-star prospect boasts already offers from such schools as Notre Dame, Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska, West Virginia, Cincinnati and others, but his recruitment could soon end if the Buckeyes liked what they saw Sunday afternoon.

"I feel this is the place to be and it just fits right for me," he said. "I've been down here a few times, I've been to three of the games. I know what the atmosphere is like and everything. But I'm just going to talk it over with my family and make a decision then."

And with numbers starting to tighten in the class of 2011, Smith said he knew where he stood when it came to the Buckeyes' plans. OSU's hope is to take two to three wideouts, he said, and with Evan Spencer already in the fold, Smith knows spots are tight should an offer come.

"They're looking at me and another guy, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next couple of days," Smith said.

The athleticism that allowed Smith to win the Ohio state title in the boys long jump one weekend earlier on the OSU campus was again on display at the camp, as he was one of the top performers at his position in nearly all of the individual skill measurement tests.

His work in one-on-one drills was solid as well, and receivers coach Darrell Hazell always seemed to be near to check on Smith or coach him up.

"Coach Hazell wanted me to come down and put me through a little workout, so I took the time to come down here and it was pretty good," Smith said. "He told me he loves everything he sees. I think one-on-ones I could have done a little better – I messed my thumb up a little bit – but I think I fared well with the DBs and ran my routes pretty good. I got a lot of coaching out of that so I think I did pretty good today."

He also spent time catching passes from OSU commit Braxton Miller, Scout's No. 1 quarterback in the class of 2011. Miller took part in some of the passing work in the afternoon and was often paired up with Smith when it came to one-on-one drills.

After the camp was over, Miller spent time chatting with Smith and also publicly said he "most definitely" hopes Smith could be a future teammate.

"He was just telling me this is a great place," Smith said. "I've been down here a bunch of times so I know what it's like down here. He wants me to make the move too. He said he's seen me play and I've seen him play so it's still in the works."

Also when talking about Miller, Smith made it sound as though he could see himself catching passes from the Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne signal caller in future seasons.

"With him committing and all the guys in our class of 2011, we have some top talents committed to Ohio State and I think our class is going to look pretty strong," Smith said.

"I think me and him can do it. If it comes down to me coming here, I think we can get it done."


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