Ohio State Football Offers 2023 Legacy Defensive Lineman

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State football’s 2023 recruiting class has added a fourth member in Will Smith Jr. of Dublin Coffman High School.

The three-star recruit is the nation’s No. 537 player and No. 71 defensive lineman, choosing the Buckeyes just a few days after earning an offer.

More importantly, he’s a Buckeye legacy as the son of the late former defensive lineman Will Smith, who was a four-year letterman from 2000-03. Smith helped OSU win its only national title under Jim Tressel in 2002 and was a first-team All-American the following year. He went on to be the 18th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, spending nine seasons with the New Orleans Saints and recording 463 tackles, 85 tackles for loss and 67.5 sacks.

Smith was shot and killed during a traffic incident in 2016.

The former All-American left his mark on the Ohio State program, and now his son will look to do the same quickly joining the 2023 class after earning an offer on Jan. 14. The Buckeyes were the 12th school to offer him and second from the Big Ten alongside Illinois. He attended Ohio State’s games against Maryland and Purdue during the regular season. He also spent time at numerous day camps last June.

Smith joins Ty Lockwood, Joshua Padilla and Cedrick Hawkins in a class that now ranks seventh and second in the Big Ten behind Penn State worth 83.97 points.

Here’s a look at OSU’s 2023 recruiting class:

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