BEAVERTON, Ore. — It is Ohio State, Kentucky and Cincinnati at the top of the list for 4-star wide receiver Blue Smith, the country’s No. 3-ranked athlete told Land of 10 at The Opening finals.
L’Christian Smith has twice in the last month changed his decision date, “delaying” it. The problem with that? He’s never actually had a decision date. How — but more importantly why — do you make an announcement to change a decision date that never existed?
“Honestly, it’s just to keep people guessing,” Smith, whose nickname is Blue, told Land of 10. “Like I said at the beginning, when all this started, I was going to take as long as I needed. I am not going to have a date, I’m going to commit when I am ready to commit. Because you know what? It’s fun. I mean, sometimes I just want to get away because it can get overwhelming, but it’s fun for the most part.”
OK, Blue, that’s fair. It is your decision after all. So, is there a decision date?
“Yes, kind of,” he said. “The plan, if I do end up committing before the season, will be to commit Aug. 27. We’re playing on ESPN and I’d do it before the game. If I’m ready.”
Ohio State and Kentucky have a little advantage over Cincinnati.
The 247Sports.com crystal ball shows 73 percent for the Buckeyes and 27 percent for the Wildcats. There’s a sense of feeling at “home” in Kentucky that continues to keep Big Blue Nation in the mix for Big Blue.
“Whenever I go down there, there’s just such a feeling of home,” Smith said of Kentucky. “Coach [Vince] Marrow and Coach [Mark] Stoops always treat me so well and give me so much love. I love the love that they show me.”
The Wildcats, until the last two months, seemed to have a lead over Ohio State, but a visit to Columbus in May changed Smith’s perception of the Buckeyes and coach Urban Meyer.
“I was real young when people first started talking to me about Ohio State,” Smith said. “Back then everyone talked about it like it was just a business there [at Ohio State]. When you’re a young kid, when someone tells you that stuff, like a coach ‘doesn’t care about his players,’ it can make you feel like you don’t want to go there.
“Now, I know that’s not true, since I’ve had the chance to sit down and talk to him — I talk to him every day, he’s texting me right now — he’s one of the greatest guys I’ve ever met. It’s an honor that he wants me as much as he does. As a recruit you have to sometimes see things for yourself because it’s not always what people tell you.”
There also was an important clarification about his future position. Smith, 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, is a wide receiver at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio. He’s a wide receiver now and he wants to be a wide receiver in college. Some people suggest he won’t be, and that he’s likely to be used as a tight end. That idea used to upset him. A recent conversation with Meyer set everything straight.
“He told me straight up, ‘You’re a wide receiver,’” Smith added. “If I do end up growing, then yeah, I’ll move to H-back. Right now, I’ve got a wide receiver body, I am a wide receiver. Urban Meyer has given me two paths, and those were the paths but right now, I’m a wide receiver.”