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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Smith psyched over offer from OSU

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State came calling and another ESPN Watch List junior put the Buckeyes in his top five.

When Tim Hinton offered John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) on Tuesday, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete was taken aback.

So taken aback, in fact, that Smith put Ohio State in his top five immediately.

“It means a lot,” Smith said. “Ohio State is another great school. They’re rivals with Michigan and Wisconsin and those are great schools. My interest in them is real high.

“Right now, it’s USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame in no order. Honestly, this one means a lot, especially coming from a team out (East). They’re a good team, a national team. Most colleges recruit in their area, so to get that offer, it’s crazy. I love it.”

A two-way threat Smith logged 31 tackles and picked off six passes at safety. He also recorded 49 catches for 710 yards and scored 10 touchdowns and was a threat as a punt and kick returner.

Ohio State is looking at Smith as a defensive back, which suits him just fine even though the Buckeyes just recruited a secondary class with four ESPN 150 defensive backs and an ESPN 300 safety.

“I’m OK with that,” Smith said. “I’m just trying to get on the field as fast as I can. I’m a humble kid. I’m just another kid in school trying to make the family proud. I’m hard-working, nothing is individual. Without the players on your team, you can’t do anything.”

Smith also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Fresno State, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, San Jose State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State and Wisconsin.