Will the Cleveland-Glenville Pipeline Keep Flowing with Erick Smith?
By Michael Chung
If Ohio State ever had a minor league team, Cleveland-Glenville would be as close as it gets. What would an Ohio State team and recruiting class be without someone from Cleveland-Glenville? There was Troy Smith in 2002, Dareus Hiley and Donte Whitner in 2003, Ted Ginn Jr. and Curtis Terry in 2004, and Jamario O’Neal in 2005 (Freddie Lenix was also in the class but could not be part of the team). One has to go all the way back to the 2001, when Jim Tressel replaced John Cooper, to find an OSU class without a player from Cleveland-Glenville, and some believe Pierre Woods would have signed with OSU had Cooper not been fired.
From 2002 to 2013, 19 Tarblooders have signed with OSU: Jim Tressel signed 17 to Letters of Intent (see also Tony Gerdeman, “Is It Time To Shutdown The Glenville Pipeline?”), and Urban Meyer has signed two.
2014 already has Marcelys Jones verbally committed but the Buckeyes would love to add two more stars from Cleveland-Glenville and one of them is DB/S prospect Erick Smith. A four star rating from Rivals, 24/7, Scout, and ESPN, Smith is considering the Buckeyes, Alabama, Michigan, Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Tennessee, and Michigan State to name a few but it is really a race between the Buckeyes, Alabama, and Michigan. He took some time to update Ozone readers on his recruitment.
The-Ozone: When reporters refer to Cleveland-Glenville as an Ohio State pipeline, does that annoy you and make Ohio State less attractive?
Not really. Almost all of us grew up liking Ohio State and I myself have high interest so it does not influence me negatively.
The-Ozone: Do former OSU and C-G players in the NFL like Troy Smith, Ted Ginn Jr., and Donte Whitner influence you to OSU?
Yes it does, many of these guys come back and are great to be around.
The-Ozone: You, Marcelys Jones, and Marshon want to play together, who on the current team are you closest too? How does that influence your decision?
I am closest to Chris Worley (CJ). De’van Bogard was a senior during my sophomore year and when Cardale was there, I was only a freshman. It does influence me a little because I have played with them in high school.
The-Ozone: Which coaching staffs are you closest to?
I keep it the same with a lot of the coaches; I do not have deep conversations but I talk to Louisville, Tennessee, OSU, Alabama, and Michigan State. There is not one school I am closest to but as time goes on, we will develop the relationship.
The-Ozone: People have said that Marcelys Jones is not 100% OSU; would you be surprised if he did not sign with the Buckeyes?
I would be surprised, he loves Ohio State, and he is just checking his options. I think he will most likely go to OSU.
The-Ozone: What makes Ohio State attractive?
I really like the coaches. I cannot say one stands out, they all stand out. I talked to Meyer and Drayton recently and they had nice things to say. OSU has a great atmosphere. Chris Worley tells us how things are at OSU and how we fit into the system. He thinks we are a good fit.
The-Ozone: Playing close to home important?
Not that important, I will always come back. I do plan to officially visit OSU sometime; I am focused on my season now and will visit after the football season. I want to go to a place where I can fit into their system and play early.
The-Ozone: Any underclassmen at Cleveland-Glenville that OSU should offer now?
Matthew Draper LB/TE; Trevon Story DB/WR, he already has Division 1 offers; Milan Golden, DE OLB. There are more but these are a few that OSU should offer.