While high on the Nittany Lions for a majority of his recruitment, four-star defensive end prospect Tyreke Smith committed to Urban Meyer and Ohio State on Thursday at the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Florida. The decision came as a surprise to very few, as recruiting experts got the sense that Smith's decision would ultimately favor his home state's pre-eminent university over the past month.
Smith, who made it to Happy Valley four times since the summer of 2017, was part of a triumvirate of defensive end prospects that the Lions were targeting in the 2018 class. One, blue-chipper Micah Parsons, signed with Penn State back in December while the third, New Jersey's Jayson Oweh will announce where he will play for the next four years later on tonight in Orlando between the game's third and fourth quarters.
The decision for Smith to make his way to Columbus might have been due to the defensive end exodus currently taking place there, as Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes are graduating, and Sam Hubbard already making the decision to leave early and put his name into the NFL Draft. That leaves Nick Bosa as the only experienced end on the roster. The 6'3", 260-pound prospect may have a great opportunity to get into the Buckeye rotation faster than he would in State College, where Torrence Brown, Ryan Buchholz, Shareef Miller, Shane Simmons, Yetur Gross-Matos and others will still be around in 2018.
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