Erick Smith commits to Ohio State over Alabama, Michigan

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The Cleveland Glenville defensive back Erick Smith is the 20th member of the 2014 recruiting class

Urban Meyer and his staff picked up another big commitment moments ago in the form of Cleveland (OH) Glenville safety Erick Smith, who officially announced his commitment to Ohio State at the Army All-American Bowl after months of speculation that he would be a Buckeye.

Smith is the second player in the 2014 class to come to OSU via Cleveland Glenville, joining Marcelys Jones who committed in December 2012. Marshon Lattimore is expected to become the third Glenville player to join the Dream 14 when he commits at the end of the 4th quarter. Smith all but spoiled Lattimore's announcement insinuating his teammate and close friend would also be announcing for the Buckeyes later in the game.

Almost every recruiting expert had Smith penciled into Ohio State's class, but he waited until the recruiting process was nearing a close before making his choice to attend OSU next year official, which is normal from Cleveland Glenville recruits. Smith stood out in early action in the 2014 U.S. Army All-America Bowl after a great week of practice in San Antonio.

He's projected to play safety at the college level, which is a position the Buckeyes desperately needed help at as the top three safeties on the depth chart going into the 2013 season are graduating in the likes of Christian Bryant, CJ Barnett, and Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown.

There were rumors that Smith would enroll at Ohio State for spring semester so he could participate in winter workouts and spring ball, but that no longer seems to be the case.

The 6-foot-1-inch, 185 pound defensive back also had offers from Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, and a couple of other shows.

Land-Grant Holy Land will try to catch up with Smith in the coming days to learn more about his commitment, but for now check out some of his highlights below.

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