Ht/Wt: 6'1"/182 lbs.
Location: Glenville Academic Campus - Cleveland, OH
Offers: Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, NC State, Ohio State, West Virginia
The Michigan coaches continue to rack up miles on the recruiting trail visiting Glenville safety, Erick Smith yesterday extending the junior a scholarship offer. Glenville is coached by Theodore Ginn, father of Ted Ginn Jr., former Buckeye star and current San Fransisco 49er. The Buckeyes also currently have four Glenville alums on the roster with at least one more on the way, 2013 commit Christopher Worley. Glenville is sort of Ohio State's version of Cass Tech, if you will. That being said, the Wolverines have been able to snag a few Tarblooders themselves, most recently Frank Clark and Willie Henry and not long ago, Pierre Woods. Smith has good size at 6'1" and uses it well in coverage from his safety position. He plays the ballhawk role very well, high-pointing the ball naturally the way a receiver would. Perhaps even more impressive though is his willingness to come up and help in the run game. He shows an aggressiveness and a knack for getting to the ball carrier and secures the tackle once he gets there. He plays with a physicality that makes you think he'd be bigger than he is, which is always good to see in game action. Smith told me that he was very excited to get an offer from Michigan when his head coach informed him of it yesterday. He had this to say, "I have good interest in Michigan considering its close to home and I can play with Willie and Frank. I'm friends with a lot of guys at Ohio State too but it feels good knowing I have a choice to play with a fellow Tarblooder at Michigan." Smith has never visited Michigan but said a visit was definitely going to happen. He also said that right now every school is even until he can take some visits and see the schools that have offered him. Smith didn't say anything about any particular school to hint at who he favors. Ohio State seems like the obvious choice to be his leader but he said nothing to imply that. I really think this is a two horse race between Michigan and Ohio State.