November 2, 2011

Smith reflects on Ohio State visit

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Elite junior linebackers were in abundance at Ohio State on Saturday night. The Buckeyes hosted some of the top prospects in the entire Midwest at the linebacker position; including Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers star Jaylon Smith. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect was amazed by all of the action in Ohio State's 33-29 win over Wisconsin.

"It was amazing, it was an amazing game," said Smith. "That finish was unbelievable."

Smith has been on a handful of unofficial visits throughout the season, including trips to Notre Dame and Purdue. Smith said he had a great time at Ohio State but is still trying to keep everything in perspective.

"It's definitely up there (with other visits he has taken)," Smith said. "I just have to make sure I don't give anyone an advantage here and make sure that my options are still open."

While in Columbus, Smith got a chance to catch up with older brother Rod Smith who is currently adjusting to a switch from running back to linebacker at Ohio State.

"Rod is doing good," he said. "He just told me that he has to keep working hard and he'll get back on the field again."

Smith and his Bishop Luers team are still alive in the Indiana high school football playoffs as they will play their third round game this weekend.

"The season is going great," he explained. "We're undefeated on the field (one loss due to forfeit) and this weekend will be our chance to play for a sectional championship and I think we have a good chance."

Though he's being recruited on the defensive side of the football, Smith is putting up some huge numbers at running back with over 2,000 yards on the ground already this season.

"The offensive line is doing a really good job blocking for me," he said. "I just have to hit the holes and burst through them."

Smith's visit to Ohio State could potentially be his last unofficial visit during the football season as he plans to shut things down while his high school team is still in the playoffs.

"Not yet," Smith said, when asked if he had anything else lined up. "I'm really just trying to focus on my season and trying to lead my team to a state title. After that, then I'll start to worry about college."


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