A Look at the 2014 Recruiting Class: Safety

The Buckeyes added to safeties to the 2014 class.Erick Smith and Malik Hooker. These are two top notch safeties. I just see our secondary getting stronger and stronger throughout the seasons. Hopefully, with some different players and a new scheme the Buckeye defense can have a good year defending through the air.


Erick Smith: Erick Smith joined his teammate Marshon Lattimore. The both committed during the Army-All American Game. Erick is a 4 Star from ESPN. He is coming from Glenville High School in Ohio. He is just another example of being able to recruit good players in the state is crucial. Smith is 6’1 and weighs about 185. He is a very good safety being rated 11 in his position. He makes plays and is very well in zone coverage. If you watch his highlights from his State Champsionship game you can see how good of an athlete he is. Also, you can see how easy he can come up and make plays. He is going to be a huge part of that fast defense shaping up for OSU.

Malik Hooker:1041122 Malik is a 6’2 185 safety out of New Castle, PA. He was given a 4 star from ESPN. He is the 50th safety coming out of the 2014 class.If you did not know, Hooker spent his first two years playing basketball at New Castle. He started playing football his Junior year. Clearly, he adjusted to the game quickly with offers flying in. He received some solid offers from Arizona, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Michigan. This is another good commitment for Ohio State. It is important to have many good players at each position in a recruiting class. Malik brings much more depth to the class.

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