Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Ohio State Buckeyes [Print without images]

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Another Glenville star receives OSU offer

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State has tapped into the Cleveland Glenville pipeline twice in the last month, could there be a third?

The Buckeyes offered yet another Tarblooder and this one came in an up-and-coming safety with five offers from Division-I programs.

That it came from Ohio State makes Erick Smith very happy.

“It feels good, knowing I have a chance to play so close to home,” the junior said. “I have a lot of interest in Ohio State. It feels good knowing I have a chance to play for them.”

On top of that, the chance to play with some former teammates is enticing as well.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Smith saw fellow classmate Marcelys Jones commit on Christmas Day and was part of Christopher Worley’s official visit when the senior outside linebacker gave his pledge to the Buckeyes as well.

Christian Bryant, Devan Bogard, Cardale Jones and Marcus Hall are already there,” Smith said. “It interests me just knowing that I can play with people I’ve already played with in high school.”

Smith currently has offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina State and the Buckeyes.

He also has interest from Michigan, Michigan State and Pittsburgh.