Brian Hartline had already dominated wide receiver recruiting for Ohio State in the 2023 cycle.
And wouldn’t you know it, but the OSU wide receivers coach is at it again for 2024.
Ohio State bolstered its 2024 class on Wednesday, landing five-star Florida wideout Jeremiah Smith, giving Hartline yet another top-100 wide receiver commitment and his seventh five-star wide receiver since the 2019 cycle. Other five-star wideouts OSU has landed in that time period include Brandon Inniss, Garrett Wilson, Julian Fleming, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Emeka Egbuka.
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Smith is the second-best player in the 2024 cycle and the top-rated wideout.
The Smith File
- Class: 2024
- Size: 6-3/185
- Pos: Wide Receiver
- School: Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, Florida)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★★
- Composite Rank: 2 (1WR)
Smith first visited OSU in June of 2021, picking up his scholarship offer at a camp.
“I enjoyed coach Hartline and how he explained the releases and everything,” Smith told Eleven Warriors of his visit last June. “I loved the city, I love everything (about OSU). It meant a lot to get the offer, it was one of my favorite schools growing up.”
He returned to campus months later for a gameday visit on Oct. 30 against Penn State, then later took a spring visit to Ohio State April 1-3. Considering his profile picture on Twitter for a good portion of 2021 was of Smith in a Buckeye uniform and he continued to post photos of himself of OSU gear to social media, his commitment only seemed like a matter of time.
High-level college football success runs in the family, as Jeremiah is the cousin of NFL quarterback Geno Smith.
Smith transferred to Chamindae-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, Florida) his sophomore season. If that school sounds familiar, it’s where both freshman cornerback Ryan Turner and freshman defensive end Kenyatta Jackson Jr. attended.
In his junior season for Chaminade-Madonna Prep, Smith caught 58 passes for 1,073 yards and a whopping 20 touchdowns, including a one-handed highlight-worthy grab in the Florida state championship.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Smith was also the team’s second-leading receiver his sophomore year, as he caught 31 passes for 667 yards and seven touchdowns. His best game of the season was when it mattered most once again, as he racked up 172 yards and a touchdown leading Chaminade-Madonna Prep to a state title in a matchup against Tampa Berkley.
Smith holds a tight bond with several key Ohio State commits Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss, as all of them play on the same seven-on-seven team together. If nothing else, Dylan Raiola, Ohio State’s five-star 2024 quarterback commit, will have no shortage of weapons when he arrives on campus.
Ohio State beat out the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Texas A&M and USC to land Smith’s commitment.