Jeremiah Smith, No. 1 recruit for 2024, says schools are using NIL deals to try and flip his commitment
Jeremiah Smith is widely regarded as a generational talent and the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect for the 2024 recruiting class.
A 5-star wide receiver out of Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Florida, Smith has been committed to Ohio State for a year. However, he has received and entertained plenty of interest from the key Florida schools throughout his recruitment.
Heading into Early Signing Day, Smith has maintained his commitment to Ohio State. Still, there is some uncertainty about a potential flip to Florida, Florida State or Miami.
In fact, Smith’s father, Chris, told 247 Sports recently he won’t know his son’s ultimate decision until he signs on Wednesday. His father did leave the 5-star talent with one key piece of advice leading up to the decision.
“I won’t know until Signing Day,” his father, Chris Smith, told 247Sports last week per Brandon Marcello. “I just told him to make the right choice, not because of money, but because of what’s going to make him happy. Don’t be led by money.”
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The money, according to Jeremiah, is significant. He says Miami is a program “throwing all types of money at me” and included Florida at the end of his comments. Smith does maintain “there’s just something about” the Buckeyes, so it’s possible he is still firm on Ryan Day’s program.
“My family is not just about the money because I know that’s just one thing,” Jeremiah Smith told 247Sports. “I know with NIL, we’re going to get that. Everybody is throwing all types of money at us right now. There’s just something about Ohio State that is keeping me locked in with them. I can go anywhere and chase money but that’s not how my family raised me. They want me to go somewhere and earn it. Miami is throwing all types of money at me. Florida. Just a lot of schools. Ohio State, there’s just something about them. I just wanna go there.”
With Dylan Raiola’s decision to flip from Georgia to Nebraska ahead of the Early Signing Period, Smith’s looming decision will be one of the major storylines to track on Wednesday. No matter where Smith winds up, he should be poised to make an immediate impact in 2024.