Five-star wide receiver Jeremiah Smith submitted his National Letter of Intent to Ohio State late Wednesday night, the team announced. This comes after Smith reaffirmed his commitment to the Buckeyes in a signing day ceremony earlier in the afternoon.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day expressed relief about the situation at his signing day press conference, but was later informed by a staff member the school had not received Smith’s NLI, according to 247Sports. Buckeyes fans then endured several hours of discomfort before the team broke the silence with a social media announcement late Wednesday night.
Smith is the first receiver ever ranked as the No. 1 player in the 247Sports recruiting rankings. He first committed to Ohio State in December 2022. Miami, Florida and Florida State were all eager suitors in the battle for Smith’s services. Miami, in particular, garnered some late buzz as National Signing Day approached.
247Sports director of scouting Andrew Ivins compared Smith to Julio Jones, the former Alabama star and seven-time Pro Bowler with the Philadelphia Eagles.
An absolute bully at the catch point that will give defenses fits given the rare combination of his size, speed, and hands. Wasn’t always the biggest kid, but owns a more college-ready frame at roughly 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, and is likely only going to add more mass in the coming years as he has large features. Faster than quick, but doesn’t take long to hit his top gear in pads, and is one of the best in recent cycles at stacking defensive backs and attacking leverage. Has made a number of…