I’m telling you there’s a chance Blue Smith picks Kentucky over Ohio State, but the odds are not in the Wildcats’ favor.
For a long time, the Cats were the favorite to land the nation’s top-ranked athlete. Â The 6’6″ wide receiver from Dayton, Ohio received his first scholarship offer from Kentucky. Â Once his teammate, four-star defensive end Alex Reigelsperger, committed to UK, the Cats had another recruiter on the Wayne High School football team. Â Smith visited Lexington frequently throughout the spring and summer, and things were trending toward UK until about a month ago.
Things changed after Smith took a visit to Columbus on July 21. Â Urban Meyer initially wanted Smith to play tight end for the Buckeyes, which gave UK an advantage, but in that visit Meyer changed his tune and laid out a plan for Smith to play receiver.
Since then, every recruiting analyst has picked Smith to Ohio State. Â The Buckeyes currently have a 94-6 advantage in the 247 Crystal Ball. Â As Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt explained to Ben Roberts, there’s no certainty Smith picks Ohio State, it’s just hard to convince an in-state prospect to turn down the perennial powerhouse.
â€œIf you think about it in horse racing terms: Ohio State is a closer. Â They close down the stretch, and itâ€™s tough for kids in their own backyard to say no.â€
Â Helmholdt added: “I donâ€™t have enough intel to tell me heâ€™s for sure going to Ohio State. Â Itâ€™s certainly been nip and tuck. Even Ohio State people arenâ€™t going to say that, over the last five months, itâ€™s been all Ohio State.
“Itâ€™s been a back and forth battle. So, it would not surprise me if he went with (UK) on Sunday. I donâ€™t expect it. But, it wouldnâ€™t surprise me.â€
There’s a chance Kentucky fans will receive a spectacular surprise during Smith’s 1:30 game on ESPN, but don’t count on it.