Tyreke Smith sets decision date, Trey Knox pushes back commitment plans, and more

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Ohio State target Tyreke Smith to announce at Under-Armour game

The wait for a top-flight defensive end to join 5-star prospect Brenton Cox in Columbus will extend into January.

Three weeks ago, Jayson Oweh announced that he’d make his college decision at the Under-Armour All-American game in January. This weekend, Cleveland (Ohio) Heights standout Tyreke Smith told Land of 10 he’s doing the same thing.

“I’ve decided, to commit at the Under-Armour game,” he told Land of 10.

Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama and USC are among the schools hoping for good news from Smith. The game is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 4, 2018. It will take place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando and will air on ESPN2.

The Buckeyes remain one of the favorites to land Smith, and with an official announcement date now in play it’s time to scratch the 6-foot-3, 260-pound California native from the list of “could commit at any time” prospects.

Smith, Oweh and Micah Parsons — who is expected to announce his college decision in December before enrolling early — could be the post-Christmas gift of gifts to the Ohio State coaching staff.

Trey Knox no longer planning Ohio State 

Another major prospect seriously considering the Buckeyes also has decided against making an early decision.

Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) High School wide receiver Trey Knox, a teammate of Ohio State commit Master Teague III, had been considering a commitment to Ohio State this September.

“I think I am going to hold off,” Knox said about those plans. “I think I just need to take my time in deciding.”

Ohio State, Florida and Tennessee have been the primary factors in the 6-4, 210-pound junior’s recruiting, but he’d like to get back to a few schools this season.

“I’m going to get back to Clemson,” he said. “I’m going to see some other schools, too.”

The visit to Ohio State on Sept. 9 for the Oklahoma game is still on. The coaches in Columbus have been supportive of his desire for a new timeline.

“Oh, I am most definitely still going to that,” Knox said. “The Ohio State coaches are cool. They understand. They just want me to make the right decision.”

The country’s No. 19-ranked wideout doesn’t have a specific date in mind to make a choice.

“All I know is that I’d like to have this finished before my senior year,” he said.

Buckeyes hoping to make Louisiana inroads for 2019?

Ohio State’s football program is a national brand now more than ever, but the Buckeyes are still struggling — like nearly every school does — to make a recruiting impact in Louisiana. To win in that state, you’ve got to be more than just a good team; you’ve got to be ever-present in the state, and that’s not something the geography usually affords.

The other way to win, in any recruitment, is to have the best relationship with the player you’re chasing. To do that, you’ve got to get involved early. That’s why Ohio State offered Devonta Lee, a 6-2, 212-pound wideout from Amite High School on Sunday night.

The country’s ninth-ranked 2019 wideout, Lee has offers from 10 schools. LSU, Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, Florida and Tennessee are among them, with the home-state Tigers as the early favorites.

SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman, who covers LSU football for our sister site, shared his thoughts on Lee: “He’s a big-bodied wide receiver. He makes his living on jumpballs. He’s a top-five player in Louisiana for 2019.”

And the Buckeyes’ chances early? They’re about what you’d expect as of today.

“He probably winds up at LSU because his mom loves LSU,” Spiegelman added. “[He’s been] to Bama and FSU a lot, but mom has taken him to LSU.”

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