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Five-Star Plus+ WR Jeremiah Smith locks in three more official visits

Chad Simmons updated head shotby:Chad Simmons06/14/23


Five-Star Plus+ wide receiver and Ohio State commit Jeremiah Smith has been hearing from programs ever since he committed to the Buckeyes in December.

And the No. 2 overall prospect in the On3 Industry Ranking hasn’t completely stopped listening as schools like Georgia, Florida, Miami, Florida State and Penn State remain in pursuit. He officially visited the Bulldogs and Gators earlier this month and was back at Ohio State last weekend.

And how he has locked in three more official visits in the month of June, Smith’s father tells On3. Florida State (June 20), Miami (June 22) and Penn State (June 23) will host the country’s top receiver next week.

The in-state Hurricanes and Seminoles have been among the schools pushing the hardest to land him, and Smith told On3 last month that each believes he can be a program-changing player for them.

“It’s really coach (Ron) Dugans and coach Mike Norvell. I love coach Mike Norvell,” he said at the On3 NIL Elite Series presented by Mizuno. “The passion he has for the game of football is unbelievable. He’s been real with me. I remember when I sat in his office as a ninth-grader, he was telling me that, ‘You’re going to be the best at your position. I can see it now.’ He’s straightforward and is locked in and tells me to keep it real. Coach Dugans, he sees something in me that nobody else has seen. He says I can come in and change FSU to what it used to be.”

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The ‘Canes have wasted no time making a strong push for Smith ever since they hired wide receivers coach Kevin Beard in March. Smith tweeted in April that he wasn’t going to visit the Hurricanes again after chided him on Twitter, but Beard has continued to stay in his ear about staying home and helping bring the program back to contention.

“They’re really talking about the same thing, come in and be a program changer,” Smith said. “Coach (Kevin Beard) is on me hard. When he got the job, that’s when we started building a relationship. Coach KB, I could say for sure that he’s one of the realest coaches in college football.”

The Nittany Lions, meanwhile, haven’t been considered a major threat. But running backs coach and Florida specialist Ja’Juan Seider as well as wide receivers coach Marques Hagans have continued to keep up with Smith and will get a chance to host him for what could potentially be his final official visit.

“I haven’t been up there … that’s why I’m really going up there,” he told BlueWhiteIllustrated last month. “They’ve been recruiting me hard even though I haven’t visited or anything. They’ve been on me.”