#Zone6 just got a massive (literally) addition to its ranks today, as 4-star Dayton (OH), WR L’Christian “Blue” Smith signed his LOI and is now an Ohio State Buckeye.
One of the most unique athletes in the country, the 6’6, 200-pound Smith is a top-five player in the state of Ohio, and is rated as the nation’s 5th best ATH, and 120th overall prospect, per the 247Sports Composite.
Hailing from the same high school as Buckeye great Braxton Miller, the Wayne (Huber Heights) product committed to Ohio State in August over offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati, and others.
Here’s what he brings to the field:
When it comes to wide receiver skills, there are two main things that can turn a good receiver into a great one, and neither of those skills can be taught: height, and speed. L’Christian Smith has both, in excess. Despite being one of the tallest receivers in the country, Smith isn’t very bulky (sub 200 pounds), and runs an incredible 4.4 40-time. That number may be a bit generous, but his speed is not in question, especially with the ball in his hands.
You won’t see Smith running at full speed very often, because for the most part his job at receiver is to track down the often underthrown deep-balls, which he has become very good at over the years. He’s not the most fluid route runner in the world, but his long strides and massive frame allow his to essentially box defensive backs out on inside routes, much like Bengals receiver A.J. Green does.
Smith will never be a huge run after the catch guy, but he’s unlike anyone currently on the roster, and will serve as a great target for whoever is playing quarterback in Columbus a few years down the road.