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Monday, June 21, 2010

Here's the trifecta: Rod Smith status unknown

Another blurb from The Columbus Dispatch (below)…

A busy day of news keeps delivering blows to OSU.

Hot on the heels of Duron Carter and Keith Wells leaving the program is the revelation that of the 18 players in the incoming 2010 class, only RB Rod Smith is not enrolled for the beginning of summer-quarter classes today (and Jamel Turner, but I think that was obvious).

Smith has not returned messages left for him this afternoon, so the reason is unclear. There were reports earlier in the year that he had some work to do to be academically eligible, so that could explain it.

If Smith does not show up in time for fall camp, it's not a catastrophe. The Buckeyes have a crowded backfield, led by experienced "co-starters" Brandon Saine and Daniel Herron, and backed up by Jordan Hall, Jaamal Berry and Carlos Hyde, at least.

Converted fullback Jamar Martin is apparently pondering a transfer. He, too, is not enrolled for summer quarter.

So the backfield would not be barren. Still, Smith (6-3, 220) is highly touted, considered an Eddie George-type runner with a combination of speed and power. He compiled 6,625 rushing yards and 66 TDs at Fort Wayne (Ind.) Harding High School and also ran a leg on the school's state runner-up 400-meter relay team.

If he's ineligible for this fall, no big deal, but if he doesn't come to OSU at all, it would be a significant loss.

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