Despite a Friday night the Ohio State football program would almost assuredly rather just forget, Urban Meyer's Buckeyes rebounded strong early Saturday afternoon by landing the pledge of Cleveland Glenville 4-star safety Erick Smith. The 247Composite 4-star chose the Bucks over Alabama, Michigan, Kentucky, and Michigan State. Smith makes the 20th commitment for Mark Pantonio & co.'s 2014 class.
With Smith all but spoiling the 4th quarter announcement of Glenville Tarblooders (and fellow Ted Ginn Sr mentored) Marshon Lattimore, it's probably this won't be the only good news Ohio State gets today. The versatile defensive back Smith has looked the real deal in the early goings, joining now fellow Ohio State commit Jalyn Holmes amongst the standouts in the early portions of the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Smith could play either safety (where most feel he's best suited) or cornerback as a Buckeye. Given the struggles the Ohio State secondary has demonstrated in recent months, a player with the cover skills of Smith's ilk has to be extremely welcome news to OSU partisans.