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DL Tyreke Smith (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by wadc45, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  2. MGMT

    MGMT Junior

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    Bill Lucas Senior

  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.




    Eight members of Ohio State's vaunted 2018 class, the Supreme 18, early enrolled back in January.

    The rest of the reinforcements started arriving in Columbus Saturday with four-star defensive end Tyreke Smith, four-star safety Josh Proctor, and four-star linebacker K'Vaughan Pope marking the first wave of summer enrollees.

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  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    Ohio State's 2018 recruiting class is now fully on campus and ready to make some noise.

    The Buckeyes 2018 recruiting class was another elite one pulled in by Urban Meyer. Featuring three five-stars and a whopping 13 top-100 ranked players, the class finished #2 in the 247sports composite rankings, trailing only Georgia.

    Of course, a class filled with that much talent is expected to have some players who can contribute immediately. Here, we will take a look at a few players who enrolled this week that can step on the field and make a difference from game one.


    The defensive line for Ohio State has been one of the strongest units on the team in recent years, but with the departures of Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes, Tracy Sprinkle, Michael Hill, and Sam Hubbard, the opportunity is there for young players to step in and earn playing time.

    Enter Smith, another athletic freak out of Cleveland whom the Buckeyes were able to hold off Penn State in order to land. Another highly-touted player, checking in at #34 in the final 2018 rankings, Smith has a good opportunity to earn playing time this season immediately as coach Larry Johnson is a fan of rotating his players in order to keep them fresh throughout the season.

    With Nick Bosa and Chase Young expected to be one of the nations best pass-rushing duos this season, and Jonathon Cooper filling in as well, the rotation is fairly thin this season. Smith can—and likely will— help change that.

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  6. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Race, recruiting and never being quiet: The Tyreke Smith story
    By Ari Wasserman

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Before he decided to never be silent, before the T-shirt, before he committed to Penn State and before his mother had a candid conversation with Urban Meyer the night he flipped to Ohio State, multiple experiences shaped Tyreke Smith’s worldview.

    I hope I don’t get killed for being black today

    A peek inside how that became part of his everyday thinking came on the night of Sept. 16, 2016, when Tyreke, a defensive end at Cleveland Heights High School, missed a game against Lake Catholic with a broken fibula. He wanted to get some food with friends after the game. But by the time the game ended and players showered and changed, it was pushing midnight.

    Steak ’n Shake is always open, even if it was 25 minutes away. That’s what they wanted. So Tyreke and his best friend, Zaire Webb, headed for the 24-hour fast-food joint on Som Center Road in Willoughby. The food was taking forever, so Smith called his parents, Randy and Michelle, to tell them he might not be home until well after 1 a.m. Randy told his son to hurry.

    On the way back, Tyreke missed the highway, so he pulled over into the parking lot of Eastlake North High School to check his GPS. His lights were off. Moments later, Tyreke and Zaire saw police lights rushing toward them. Two police officers walked up to the driver’s-side door at 1:38 a.m.

    “What are you doing in my city, slim?” one of the officers asked.

    Tyreke and Zaire explained they had just finished eating at Steak ’n Shake and were trying to get back home. One of the officers, who refused to call Tyreke by his name, continued to challenge them, accusing them of lying, assuming they lost their driver’s licenses and that they came from a party down the road. From Tyreke and Zaire’s perspective, the stop was hostile and uncomfortable for something as seemingly routine as lights being off in a parking lot.

    Cont'd ...
  7. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member

  8. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Unless my eyes deceived me, he is #11 and was the fourth member of the rushmen in the first series of the game.

  9. thackattack

    thackattack Poison in a Pretty Glass

    Just noticed that myself. He was in on the first defensive series.

    MARVYMARV14 Junior

    Props to the young bull, kid was out there making plays, had some QB pressures and I think he may have registered a half sack... kid is legit with violent hands of the edge
  11. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Colin Hass-Hill on December 16, 2018 at 8:55 am @chasshill
    If Larry Johnson didn’t have such a stellar reputation, first-year defensive linemen might take more of an issue with his strict guideline determining their lack of extensive playing time.

    During his decades of experience coaching, Johnson has seen rough moments during key spots in important games have negative long-term impacts on the careers of freshmen, so he tries not to put them in “harm’s way” and minimizes their playing time. Johnson’s rule doesn’t exist to help Ohio State, but to benefit young, inexperienced freshmen, such as defensive end Tyreke Smith. He wants to protect them from what they don’t know yet.

    “I'm really a big believer in that,” Johnson said on Oct. 2. “You don't put a freshman in a game where he has a chance to make a mistake that may cost a big play, and that lives with them. That's kind of my philosophy. I don't do that.”

    Even when Nick Bosa went down with a core muscle injury in the third game of the season that cut his final year short, Johnson didn’t alter his viewpoint. He leaned heavier on a three-man rotation that featured a pair of juniors, Jonathon Cooper and Jashon Cornell, and sophomore Chase Young, instead of playing Smith and Tyler Friday more snaps.

    Smith, one of two freshman defensive ends at Ohio State, entered the program this summer as the 34th-best overall prospect and the sixth-ranked defensive end in his recruiting class. He pushed for early playing time, earning 33 snaps against Rutgers in Week 2 and 28 snaps versus Tulane in the fourth week of the season.


    But the rest of the season, Smith hasn't had a game with more than 15 defensive snaps.

    “At first it was (a struggle), but going from a person that just plays all downs to not playing, I just have to contribute as much as I can,” Smith said in the locker room after the Big Ten Championship Game. “Coach J, he's a tremendous coach. I know that my time's coming. I know that the older dudes are going to pave the way for me, so when they leave here, I've just got to pick up where they left off.”

    Smith truly believes his years in the spotlight will come soon. That, he’s sure of.

    Since Johnson arrived at Ohio State, following Mike Vrabel who left the program to coach in the NFL, the defensive line has been one of the most consistently dominant units in the country. Defensive ends, especially, have blossomed.

    Both Nick and Joey Bosa thrived under Johnson’s tutelage. Tyquan Lewis earned Big Ten defensive lineman of the year honors. Sam Hubbard and Jalyn Holmes were selected in the NFL draft last year. Even when Bosa suffered his injury this season, Ohio State had Young, a potential high first-round draft pick in 2020, to fall back on.

    Every single defensive line since Johnson began coaching at Ohio State in 2014 has featured at least one first-round pick and multiple other NFL draft picks.

    Given who has come before him, Smith’s path is defined. He has a vision for the future. Smith wants – and has spent his freshman season beginning to put in the work – to become the next great defensive end at Ohio State, following in the footsteps of his predecessors.

    “The freshmen we have now – me, Tommy (Togiai), Taron (Vincent), Tyler – I know next year and the year after that, my junior year, it's going to be our year,” Smith said. “We're going to control the D-line. I know it's going to be scary for any quarterback next year and the year after that. That's our plan.”

    As long as Johnson is around, it’s hard to doubt Smith and his plan. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound lineman has a chance to become another feared edge rusher at Ohio State.

    Over and over, Johnson has turned highly regarded prospects, just like Smith, into dominant defensive ends. Back in October, he called Smith and Friday “our future.”

    Smith’s teammates see his raw abilities, too.

    “He’s going to be real good,” Young said on Wednesday. “He is very explosive. He’s an athlete for sure. Every young player, even myself, we have to get better on play recognition. I think he’s got to be more efficient with his movement skills. Once he gets everything down, he’s going to be a monster.”

    Johnson treats each move by defensive linemen like tools in a toolbox, which he frequently references.

    Without playing consistent snaps this season, Smith hasn’t needed many tools. The short bursts of playing time have allowed him to get away with using techniques he’s comfortable with. As his time in the program increases, his toolbox will expand, Johnson believes. Smith should get a significant uptick in snaps next season, when he and Friday join Young, Cooper and Cornell in the defensive end rotation.

    While Smith has been on the sidelines this season, like he was for all but seven snaps during the Big Ten championship game, he has studied his fellow defensive ends in the game. He watches them use their “tools,” trying to pick up whatever he can.

    “We're watching the calls. We're just mental repping,” Smith said. “Even though we don't get a rep, we do get a rep in our heads so when we go in there, it's just like human nature, it's natural to use.”

    In 172 snaps this season, Smith has eight tackles. He’s still searching for the elusive first sack of his career.

    Smith, the latest piece in Johnson's toolbox of defensive linemen, shouldn’t have to wait long to achieve that milestone next season.
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