The Ohio State Buckeyes could have easily been a loser on Early National Signing Day. Ohio State did suffer a setback as top-100 wideout Jeremiah McClellan flipped to Oregon.
Yet, holding onto Jeremiah Smith, the top-ranked recruit in the 247 Sports composite rankings for the 2024 class was one of two major victories for the Buckeyes.
Miami and a number of other programs were pushing for Smith. You wondered if the Hurricanes NIL offer could be able to flip him. Miami did flip a four-star running back from Ohio State, but after Alabama was projected to flip five-star defensive lineman Eddrick Houston, Ohio State signed him, which was a massive win.
Ohio State has 21 commitments in the 2024 class and five of them are five-star recruits. There are 21 blue-chippers and that's why Early National Signing Day was a win for Ohio State.
Update: According to 247 Sports, Smith still hasn't sent Ohio State his letter of intent and if the Buckeyes lose him, they will no longer be an Early National Signing Day winner.