Cleveland Glenville has been one of the most prolific talent producing programs in the country over the last decade, and the defensive back position has been their most prolific. Class of 2014 safety Erick Smith is continuing that tradition in the 2014 class.
Smith's recruitment kicked off earlier this fall when he received his first offer from Georgia Tech. That was followed up with an offer from another ACC school - N.C. State.
"That came through about three or four weeks ago," Smith said of the N.C. State offer. "I was at practice and the coach came down to practice and said he was going to offer a scholarship."
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Smith is still familiarizing himself with N.C. State, but says he has interest in the Wolfpack. His most recent scholarship offer came through last week from the Cincinnati Bearcats.
"I like it at first because it is an in-state school," Smith said. "I was talking to [former teammate] Alex Pace, who just went down there this year, and he said it is a good school. I took his word and have interest in Cincinnati.
Other schools showing early interest in the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Smith are Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana and Pitt.
"Right now I am open to any school because I have not really traveled far yet," Smith said. "I've only been out-of-state once, so right now the schools are all the same and I don't have any favorites."
With his junior season now complete, Smith is looking to make a few unofficial visits before the college season concludes.
"I think I am going to visit Cincinnati. I don't know when, but it will be soon," Smith said. "Also the Ohio State game when they play Michigan and I want to see one of N.C. State's games."
Smith has already discussed plans to attend Ohio State's game on Nov. 24 with teammates Marshon Lattimore, Christopher Worley and Marcelys Jones.
Glenville just missed out on the Ohio State playoffs, but they did take home the Cleveland city championship this past weekend with a 41-6 win over John Adams.