Signee 101: Get to know 4-star Ohio State WR L’Christian Smith

Ohio State’s collection of weapons literally is getting bigger. And Zone 6 surely is getting better as well.

The addition of L’Christian “Blue” Smith will provide yet another 4-star talent to the wide receivers unit with the Buckeyes, continuing the stockpile with one of the most coveted, tallest targets on the recruiting market this season. An in-state option from nearby Dayton, Ohio State was able to pull ahead and seal the deal in August, giving position coach Zach Smith a potential matchup nightmare to deploy down the field and in the red zone.

Here’s some background information on Smith now that he’s signed with the Buckeyes:

L’Christian Smith: Stats, bio

  • Name: L’Christian “Blue” Smith
  • Height: 6-foot-6
  • Weight: 205 pounds
  • School/Team: Wayne High School (Huber Heights, Ohio)

L’Christian Smith: Recruiting rankings

  • National: No. 120
  • Position (ATH): No. 5
  • State (Ohio): No. 4

Note: Data according to 247Sports composite rankings

L’Christian Smith: Commitment

There are deep ties between the Dayton-area school where Smith shined and Ohio State, which made it seem like a perfect fit all along. But Smith took his time with his decision after initially receiving an offer from the Buckeyes in March 2016, ultimately pulling the trigger just before they opened the season in late August.

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Blue Smith could become a dangerous red-zone threat at Ohio State. (Land of 10/file photo)

Another two-sport talent in this decorated Ohio State recruiting class, Smith had weighed his options while potentially looking to play both football and basketball in college. That thinking brought Cincinnati and Kentucky into play for a while, and it appeared like that uncertainty might lead Smith to spurn the Buckeyes. But a meeting with Urban Meyer and the Smith family helped clarify the situation and provided a better feel for what the rangy wide receiver would be walking into at Ohio State, setting the stage for his pledge and reserving a spot in one of the nation’s most prolific offenses.

What L’Christian Smith brings to Ohio State

A tall, college-ready frame is going to be a nice addition to Zone 6, and it could potentially make life miserable for opposing defenders — particularly in the red zone. At 6-6, Smith is always going to be a favorite to win jump balls, and he’s perhaps got more speed than he gets credit for on the perimeter. With Binjimen Victor starting to elevate his game thanks to his height at 6-4, the Buckeyes appear to have placed an emphasis on targeting a couple bigger players to feature in the passing game. They could potentially put one on either side of the formation to give opponents fits.

Depending on what happens with some pending NFL decisions, the Buckeyes may not wind up with a pressing need to get Smith involved right off the bat in his college career. And it’s also possible that he may develop into more of a tight end, although that isn’t the current plan. But either way, that big body is going to be an asset for Ohio State in the passing game down the road.

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