They may have lost the Orange Bowl last night, but they won the "Glenville Bowl" today.
The two biggest recruits left in the state of Ohio both made their commitments to their colleges during the 2014 Army All-Star Game, and they just made Urban Meyer's food taste a little better
Glenville's Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith are future Buckeyes
They will join teammate Marcelys Jones in the Class of 2014 for Ohio State, but it was anything but a slam dunk.
Marshon Lattimore.... Lattimore was the biggie. Rated as the number one player in the state of Ohio, he is a terror on both sides of the ball. He will most likely play corner in Columbus, where good corner play is needed. He showed his versatility by catching three touchdowns in Glenville's playoff win over Highland. Lattimore is also lethal on special teams as both a kick and punt returner. He chose the Buckeyes over Oregon and Alabama, with Alabama being the most aggressive in their pursuit for Lattimore. He was offered by every big school in the country. He could see immediate playing time in the Buckeye secondary.
It was pretty much a package deal with me and Erick, plus we have other teammates down there, so it's sort of like a family
Erick Smith.... Smith flew under the radar for most of his junior year, but has flown up the recruiting charts during a very productive senior year. The 6'1" 185 pound safety also projects as a corner at the next level. Also rated as a top ten player in Ohio, Smith turned heads with solid performances against St. Edward and Solon early in the year, and out of this world performances in the state playoffs. In the Glenville win over Highland, he had a 64 yard interception return for a touchdown, and had 14 tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in the state championship game against Loveland. Smith also chose the Buckeyes over Alabama and Michigan.
Me and Marshon talked, that's my guy, we always had a dream playing together, Smith said. Better to do it at home than anywhere else.
The two teammates join an already loaded Ohio state recruiting class, ranked number two in the country by Rivals.com