Erick Smith
Erick  Smith


Cleveland, Ohio

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 203



No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Nebraska

The Buckeyes welcome the Cornhuskers to Ohio Stadium for a Top-10 Showdown.

Ohio State Overview: Erick Smith spent four years in the Ohio State program and lettered three times despite not taking a red-shirt season. He was a true senior in 2017 who had career-best numbers this year in total tackles with 40 and pass break-ups with three. He earned his first two starts as a Buckeye this season as well and he finished his career having played in 45 games. He had his career-best tackling day as a senior with nine total tackles against Army. Four times in 2017 he was named by coaches a "champion" for his fine play, including special team's player of the game honors vs. Michigan and Michigan State. For his career, Smith finished with 75 tackles and four pass break-ups, plus he had one interception. He played in 14 of 15 games as a true freshman in 2014 when Ohio State won the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship with a victory over Oregon in the title game. He was also a part of bowl game victories over Alabama (Sugar Bowl), Notre Dame (Fiesta Bowl) and USC (Cotton Bowl) and played on Big Ten title-winning teams in 2014 and 2017. He is nearing completion of his degree in sociology.

More on Erick: Another fine safety prospect out of the talent-rich Glenville High School program (think of former Buckeyes like Christian Bryant, Jermale Hines and Donte Whitner), Smith was a consensus four-star recruit in 2014 and a Top 100 player in the nation with overall national rankings of No. 43 by Scout, No. 51 by Rivals and No. 61 by 247Sports. He was one of the leaders of a 2013 Glenville Tarblooder team that went 13-2 and advanced to the Division II state championship game. He was considered a Top 5 safety prospect by two recruiting services: No. 2 by 247Sports, No. 4 by Scout. He was a U.S. Army All-American and a third-team Division II Associated Press all-state pick. He is the son of Erica and Curtis Smith.

Interceptions: 1, Kent State, Sep 13, 2014
Long interception return: 5, Kent State, Sep 13, 2014
Tackles: 9, Army, Sep 16, 2017 (4-5)
Tackles for loss: 1.0, Bowling Green, Sep 03, 2016 (1-0)
Fumbles forced: 1, vs Wisconsin, Dec 02, 2017
Fumbles recovered: 1, Rutgers, Oct 18, 2014
Pass breakups: 2, Army, Sep 16, 2017