Thursday, July 29, 2010

OSU COMMIT SMITH HAS ALWAYS BEEN A BUCKEYE AT HEART

MASSILLON — Massillon (OH) Washington wide receiver Devin Smith has always had scarlet and gray flowing through his veins.

(left, photo of Devin Smith by FridayNightOhio.com)

He knew he was destined to end up in Columbus, even if his journey there wasn't exactly a straight shot.

After playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Ellet High School in Akron, the 6-foot-2, 180 pound speedster decided to transfer to Ohio prep powerhouse Massillon Washington for his junior campaign in 2009.

The ultra-talented Smith immediately made an impact, hauling in 50 passes for nearly 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Tigers en route to a Division I state semi-final appearance.

The decision to move to Massillon — and his great production that followed — put the speedy wideout on the class of 2011 radar, not only in the state of Ohio but the nation as well.

Smith was reeling in offers left and right following his junior season, including ones from Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Nebraska just to name a few.

But as we all know, there was only school that resided in Smith's heart. There was only one place he envisioned himself going to, and when they offered him a scholarship in June, that vision became a reality.

"(Ohio State) was my dream school," Smith told The Buckeye Times on Wednesday. "I always wanted to be a Buckeye. Ohio State is a special place and I wanted to be a part of something special."

By judging the class of 2011 so far, it looks to be something very special. Especially for Smith.

Just two weeks prior to Smith's verbal to the Buckeyes, the top quarterback prospect in the nation — Huber Heights (OH) Wayne's Braxton Miller — announced that he would be playing his college football at The Ohio State University.

It's no wonder Smith wasted little time giving the Buckeyes his commitment. Just thinking about the best QB in the nation connecting with the best wide receiver in the state would make anyone giddy, especially if you're said receiver.

Smith admits that he and Miller are beginning to become closer.

"Me and Braxton are good friends," Smith said. "We are talking here and there."

Smith is a huge pickup for the Buckeyes who will be losing starter Dane Sanzenbacher to graduation after this season, and could possibly lose No. 1 receiver DeVier Posey who will become draft eligible after this year.

Smith possesses ideal size, tremendous speed and incredible hands — he's a prototype receiver.

When I asked Smith to give a scouting report of himself, the first word he uttered hit the nail right on the head.

"Excitement." Smith said.

The Massillon star continued the report by saying ... "I'm a hard worker with speed. I pattern my game after (Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver) Jeremy Maclin."

Exciting? Hard worker? Speed? Now that's something Ohio State fans love to hear.

Smith still has a year left at Massillon before he heads to Columbus, and he has set a very lofty goal.

"In high school I want to win a state title," Smith proclaimed.

His expectations at Ohio State are just as big.

"In college I want to become the best player I can be." Smith said.

"I want to be one of the great receivers to come out of Ohio State."

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