Newark two-way lineman Dannell Smith is rated at the No. 44 player in the class of 2009 and has an offer from North Carolina State. He is working hard in the classroom to get his grades in order which will sure to bring in more offers.
The Buckeyes have commitments from two of the country's top defensive linemen in defensive end Melvin Fellows from Garfield Heights, Ohio, and defensive tackle John Simon from Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.
Cleveland Glenville defensive end Jonathan Newsome has a scholarship offer on the table from the Buckeyes and so does defensive end Pat Muldoon from Cincinnati St. Xavier.
Newark two-way lineman Dannell Smith is another very talented defensive lineman from the Buckeye State, and if he were a sure qualifier academically Smith might also have a Buckeye offer on the table.
The 6-foot-4 and 290-pound Smith was a starter at nose tackle his sophomore year. He played offensive tackle and some defensive end during his junior season. Smith is projected as a defensive tackle at the next level.
Smith has run the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds, bench presses 360 pounds and can squat 550.
The Buckeyes' invited Smith to their spring practices and the spring game. He was unable to make it to the game, but did attend a practice. He will be back in Columbus in early June.
“I'm going up there for the Senior Camp June 8,” Smith said. “I'm also going to Illinois' Senior Camp, but I'm not sure which date I'm going to that one. Me and a couple teammates are going to Toledo's camp too.”
At this point Smith has a scholarship offer from North Carolina State. If he takes care of everything academically other offers are sure to follow.
“I need to raise my GPA because I didn't do so well my freshman year,” Smith said. “But it's on the rise. And I take the ACT June 14.”
Coaches from Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, Purdue, Indiana, North Carolina State, and Cincinnati are some of the recruiters that have been to Newark to check on Smith.
“Coach (Jim) Heacock came out,” Smith said. “Ohio State is waiting for my grades to come up.
“I'm interested in a few schools. I'd have to say the top ones are Ohio State, Illinois and West Virginia.”