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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Jordan Smith releases top 10, latest on Fred Hansard

The Buckeyes made the cut for another top prospect on Monday and stand out for a defensive tackle.

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DE Jordan Smith
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Despite having no real offseason when it comes to the world of recruiting, Ohio State's coaching staff remains at the top of the game as the results speak for themselves. Since Urban Meyer has taken over as head coach, his recruiting classes have finished in the top 10 each year. The pressures of high expectations in Columbus haven't phased Meyer or the recruiting staff in the slightest, it seems, as they continue their quest to build a dynasty following a national championship season in 2014.

It should come as no surprise that the Buckeyes made it onto yet another top 10 list for a recruit. This time around, '16 defensive end Jordan Smith has Ohio State slotted at seventh overall on his list, trailing Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida. Only LSU, Miami, and Florida State trail Ohio State in his latest list. The 6'5, 220-pound defensive end released his list via Twitter. Rated as a three-star under the 247Sports Composite, Smith is ranked as the 26th best defensive end in the country, while also being ranked 36th in his home state of Georgia.

In 2014, Smith contributed 71 tackles during the high school season, with 18 going for loss and 12 sacks. Despite Clemson being named as Smith's leader by Smith himself, it's a little surprising that the 247Sports Crystal Ball experts still favor Georgia over the new favorite -- Clemson.

Hansard a Buckeye target

Moving on, the Buckeyes have recently started targeting the New Jersey area for talent, and since the coaching staff has been constantly working around the clock to ensure Ohio State gets the best of the very best on the recruiting field. They've certainly done their job thus far, including with '17 defensive tackle Fred Hansard. Hansard checks in at 6'4, 310 pounds and is an absolute monster on the inside of the defensive line.

Despite it being early in his recruitment, the four-star prospect already brings in plenty of offers, including Arizona State, Boston College, Iowa, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech, among others. Hansard is also currently ranked as the nation's 12th best defensive tackle and third best prospect in the state of New Jersey.

With three predictions in for Hansard, two of those experts like the odds of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights edging out Penn State with one vote.