July 8, 2007

Have the Buckeyes offered Smith?

The recruiting process is starting to draw to a close for Detroit (Mich.) receiver Fred Smith. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound receiver has narrowed his choices down to three schools but Smith's hopes for an Ohio State offer have not come to pass yet and the clock is ticking if the Buckeyes want to have a shot at the 4-star receiver.

"I haven't heard from Ohio State," Smith said. "Haven't had any text (messages) or calls)."

Smith made the trip down to Columbus for the one-day camp along with his coach but receiver was there just to look around rather than workout nursing a hamstring injury.

"It was probably from a lack of stretching," Smith said. "I didn't stretch out good enough. I just tried to jump straight in the mix without strteching. It wasn't really bad, bad but it was just kind of sore. In season I could have played on it."

The Rivals250 receiver left town thinking that an offer might be on the way but now after not hearing from the coaching staff since his trip to Columbus the receiver is having to re-evaluate his decision.

"It kind of leaves me with a base of Michigan and Michigan State without the Ohio State offer," Smith said. "I've been interested in Ohio State but I am getting close to making a decision and don't have an offer."

Smith was quick to point out that if the Buckeyes did come through with an offer in the next week or so that things would change and the Buckeyes would be right back in the thick of it all.

"Most definitely," Smith said. "If they were to offer here soon, they would be back in the picture."

Smith is not looking to drag out his recruitment and even though he needs some time now to evaluate the schools looking at him he would like to be done before his senior season gets underway.

"I would like to have it done before August 15th," Smith said.

Growing up in Michigan and having both the Wolverines and Spartans in on him, would it be difficult to leave the state to go across the border and play in Ohio?

"It would be a decision I would have to make but I know it is something that I would look into," Smith said.

The nation's No. 23 receiver will continue to look closely at his three finalists and evaluate what draws him most to each of the following schools:

Michigan - "It's a great program. A program with a great name, winning program, and they produce a lot of great receivers."

Michigan State - "They have a new coach and it seems like they are trying to build something positive with that Michigan State program. It really seems like a program on their way up."

Ohio State - "They have a high powered offense where they get the ball in the air. It's a receiver's dream to catch a lot of passes."

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