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Smith Says Yes To Buckeyes

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville four-star safety Erick Smith went back and forth this week on announcing his decision during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

On Thursday his commitment plans were off, on Friday they were back on, and today he’s a Buckeye.

Ranked by the 247Composite ratings as the nation’s No. 11 safety, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Smith chose Ohio State over his other finalists Alabama and Michigan. Kentucky and Michigan State were two other programs he thought about down the stretch.

“I’m looking forward to going into that program and experiencing what Ohio State has to offer,” Smith told 247Sports.

Smith becomes commitment No. 20 for Ohio State in the class-of-2014, a recruiting class that ranks second in the 247Sports national recruiting rankings. Seventeen of the Buckeyes pledges hold at least four-star status.

“I’m real excited to know I have potential to add on to the tradition and add on to a winning program,” Smith said.

Smith added that he won’t be taking any more visits.

The next announcement on Ohio State’s radar this afternoon is Smith’s teammate, Top50 cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who the Buckeyes are also considered the heavy favorite for.

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