Ohio State added another key piece to its highly ranked 2018 recruiting class, bringing another talented prospect to Urban Meyer’s program. What will the Buckeyes’ latest commitment, Blue Smith, bring to Columbus, on and off the field?
The recruiting dead period is over and Ohio State didn’t have to wait long for some good news. Ohio 4-star wide receiver L’Christian Smith has committed to the Buckeyes.
What are they getting from this big addition? Let’s take a look at the newest Buckeye.
L’Christian Smith as a football player
On the field, there are few players in Ohio capable of doing the things that Blue Smith can do. His frame — 6-foot-6 and 205-pounds — makes him a nightmare matchup for linebackers, safeties and cornerbacks.
Despite the confusion about his long-term prospects — many people think he’s likely to grow into a tight end some day — Smith is absolutely the best wide receiver in Ohio prep football over the last three seasons. He’s a deep threat as much as he is a red-zone threat, and he’s a player capable of making the tough catch over the middle, as well.
Smith doesn’t look like a speed-burner, but he’s plenty fast when he’s in the open field. In college, where he ends up playing is going to depend solely on how his body develops in the Buckeyes’ weight program. The immediate plan, according to Smith and his recent conversations with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, are for him to play wide receiver.
“He told me straight up, ‘You’re a wide receiver,’” Smith told Land of 10 in July. “If I do end up growing, then yeah, I’ll move to H-back. Right now, I’ve got a wide receiver body, I am a wide receiver. Urban Meyer has given me two paths, and those were the paths, but right now, I’m a wide receiver.”
L’Christian Smith’s role in the 2018 recruiting class
With the addition of Smith, Ohio State increases its lead over Texas as the country’s top-ranked 2018 recruiting class. He joins Jaelen Gill and Dallas Gant as the only players currently committed from Ohio, as the Buckeyes are on pace for the lowest number of Ohio prospects ever to sign with Ohio State.
With Smith in the fold, the Buckeyes now have 10 commitments ranked inside of the Top 5 at their position nationally. He provides another athletic, fast receiving option alongside Gill and tight end Jeremy Ruckert.
In July, at The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore., Smith was roommates with 4-star wide receiver Kamryn Babb and the pair have become very close in the last few months. Babb, the Buckeyes’ top receiver target in 2018, could announce his college decision at any time. If he chooses the Buckeyes, Smith’s influence could play a major part.
The addition of Smith means 10 Ohio State commitments participated in The Opening finals in 2017.
L’Christian Smith’s off-the-field stuff
To be a difference-maker, today’s athletes must be able to use their influence for something more than just personal gain. Smith has already begun putting his name to work for something bigger than himself. He and his father have created the Blueprint Foundation, which aims to help others in the Miami Valley.
Why now? In an interview with Fox45Now.com, Smith explained his endeavor.
“Just make a name other than football for myself,” he said. “So that’s why my dad came to me with the idea, using my platform to help the community, help my friends and family. So that’s what it’s all about; just helping people.”
It’s not every high school player who is capable of thinking that far ahead.
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