February 24, 2010

Smith open to Buckeye overtures

Cameron Heyward, Keith Wells and Bradley Roby all made the decision to leave Georgia and head to Columbus (Ohio) to further their football careers. Could Decatur (Ga.) linebacker Terrance Smith be the next in line for the pipeline between the Peach State and the Buckeye State?

The 6-foot-4, 210 pounder already has a host of offers including ones from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, UGA, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. How has the recruiting process been so far at this early point?

"The recruiting process is very crazy," Smith said. "I have talked a couple of people who have been through this thing and they have told me to just have fun with it because it is a once in a lifetime thing. So I am just going to enjoy it right now."

Smith is one of the more recent names to emerge on the Ohio State offer but Smith himself knew that the Buckeyes were very interested before receiving his written offer.

"I just recently got my written offer but I had talked to the coaches and I have known that they were going to offer for a while," Smith said. "They had come down to the school in the past and talked but I just got the written offer."

Every offer that Smith save one is from a school south of the Mason-Dixon line and that offer is the Buckeyes. Was there a sense of surprise in landing an offer from a Big Ten school after being courted by the SEC and ACC exclusively?

"I thought that schools like (Ohio State) just recruited around their area," Smith said. "When I got an offer it was pretty big and they are a top school. They are always going to be ranked in the top ten every year. To get that offer was very amazing."

Paul Haynes has been Ohio State's contact with Smith at this point of the recruiting process. Is there any early indication of where Smith would play if he were to ultimately select the Buckeyes when it is all said and done?

"We really haven't talked about all that but I guess I would play linebacker up there or they might one to use some speed off the end," Smith said. "It really doesn't matter because I will play anything."

This winter there isn't a state around (outside of Hawaii) that has escaped the snow but traditionally the Southern schools have a much more mild winter. Could Smith envision himself packing a winter coat and spending the next three to five years in a state that has all four seasons?

"Ohio State definitely has a chance," Smith said. "Every school has a chance. I had told someone I had a top five but I changed my mind. I don't want to have a top five because I am open to all schools."

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