Smierciak drawn to Miami-OH's academics 

August, 15, 2012
Senior linebacker/tight end Zach Smierciak (Aurora, Ohio) committed Tuesday to sign with the RedHawks, according to the Plain-Dealer.

"I'm going to major in business and getting a degree from (Miami's) business program is going to be huge for me in the future,'' he said. "I liked the direction Miami is going with its football, I wanted to go to a program where I feel I can help out right away and Miami's the place for me."

Ball State, Buffalo, Kent State and Yale also extended scholarship offers to Smierciak. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound prospect received interest from BCS programs such as Boston College, Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State.