This past Wednesday, Ohio State received an official commitment from the guy who is currently ranked first in the country.
Jeremiah Smith, a five-star wide receiver according to Rivals.com, reaffirmed his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes and made the announcement that he was going to sign with Ohio State at the middle of the day on December 3. High school students who were interested in attending college were given the opportunity to sign letters of intent on the very first day of the day.
However, it took Smith several hours before he finally signed his statement of intent. On the other hand, Ohio State made the announcement that he was officially a member of its recruiting class on Wednesday evening itself.
Since December of 2022, Smith, who was born and raised in Florida, has made a verbal commitment to Ohio State. However, other colleges were hopeful that they might convince him to change his mind before the early signing period began.
Now that he has made his decision on which schools to attend, he is looking forward to joining the prestigious list of wide receivers for the Ohio State Buckeyes who have been outstanding in recent years.
Based on the fact that Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba all became early contributors after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, it is widely anticipated that Heisman winner Marvin Harrison Jr. will be selected in the top five of the 2024 NFL Draft if and when he decides to declare for the draft.
Earlier in the day, Ohio State suffered the loss of a wide receiver who was rated four stars. Smith’s news came at the same time. On Wednesday morning, Jeremiah McClellan, who is currently ranked as the 36th best prospect in the country, made the announcement that he would be committing to Oregon.
Over the course of the previous four months, the native of St. Louis had verbally committed to Ohio State universities.
Given that Ohio State is attempting to unseat Michigan as the top team in the Big Ten, the early signing period of 2023 appears to be of utmost significance for the Buckeyes. Because of victories over Ohio State in the last week of the regular season, Michigan has been able to win the Big Ten championship for the past three years in a row.
Smith is one of three five-star recruits that Ohio State has to offer, along with quarterback Air Noland and defensive end Eddrick Houston. Rivals currently ranks Ohio State’s recruiting class as the third best in the country during this time.
Earlier in the day on Wednesday, Noland announced his intention to sign with Ohio State, while Houston made his declaration not too much longer after Smith’s. Alabama had been making a concerted effort to obtain Houston.