January 15, 2012
Smith reacts to Michigan offer
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers junior linebacker Jaylon Smith picked up a pair of Big Ten offers on Friday. Michigan and Iowa both took the opportunity to let Smith know that he was wanted in their programs.
The 6-3, 202-pound linebacker had a good junior year - leading Bishop Luers to a third-consecutive Indiana Class 2A State Championship - and it's no surprise to see college attention picking up. He has the ability to make plays in space, or rush the passer off the edge. That versatility is something that Michigan's coaches told him they find very intriguing.
Ohio State has also shown interest in the young linebacker. His older brother, Rod, was a redshirt freshman running back for the Buckeyes this fall, and told the 2013 prospect about how to handle the recruiting process. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel has also been in contact.
When it comes time to make a decision, however, the presence of Vrabel won't be a factor. Instead, Smith is looking for the opportunities that each school can provide him - both on and off the field.
On top of piling up offers, the next step for Smith will be seeing some of the schools in person this summer. Ultimately, he wants to try to have a decision prior to his senior year of football.
Michigan fans are hoping that the talented linebacker will don the winged helmet when all is said and done.
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