September 11, 2011

Smith takes in OSU game

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Much like last week, the big-name uncommitted prospects at Ohio State were mostly in the 2013 class with some of the Buckeyes' top junior targets on campus for the Toledo game. Right at the top of that list is Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers linebacker Jaylon Smith. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound prospect took advantage of a bye week for his high school team and made the three-hour drive to Columbus to check out Ohio State.

"Overall I don't think it was a well-played game but they got the victory," said Smith. "At the end of the day, that's all that matters. Seeing that type of atmosphere was a plus."

Smith was able to watch older brother Rod get plenty of action on Saturday and enjoyed seeing his brother out there on the field.

"It was nice seeing him out there playing," Smith said. "It's a wonderful opportunity to play D1 football and to have an older brother already experiencing that is a plus. We went back to his apartment (after the game) to just talk about a few things."

On the recruiting front, Smith did recently add another big offer from yet another Big Ten program.

"I got an offer from Michigan State last week," he said. "I don't really know too much because I tried to call them and they didn't answer."

In terms of a list of favorites, Smith says he hasn't put much thought into anything like that and is just trying to focus on his junior season.

"I haven't really thought about that too much yet," Smith explained. "I'm trying to enjoy high school a little bit right now. I'm sure after the season I'll begin to look at stuff and start checking out schools and things like that."

Smith may find himself back at Ohio State later in the season and is also hoping to get out to some other places over the next couple of months.

"I'm hoping to get out to some games but I'm not sure which ones I'll make it to yet," he said. "I know Notre Dame plays Michigan State next weekend so I'll either go to that one or check them out when they play USC. Other than that, I'm not really sure (about other visits)."

Smith and his Bishop Luers team is off to a solid 3-0 start to their season and that is where most of Smith's focus remains at this point.

"For the team, we just want to win our conference and head to state's for a three-peat," he said. "My individual goal is really just to work on my weaknesses, not taking plays off, just stuff like that."


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