Ohio State Football: Buckeyes Should Go After Penn State's Donovan Smith

Tyler Waddell@Tyler_WaddellCorrespondent IIJuly 23, 2012

It's unfortunate for the Penn State football program, but the NCAA imposed sanctions will allow any player on the roster to transfer with immediate eligibility for the upcoming fall.

For college coaches, it's almost like a free-for-all or even the NFL free agency period—everybody has a fair crack at any Nittany Lion, all they have to do is send a list of players they're interested in to the university.

That said, given the circumstances, I think Ohio State should go after Penn State redshirt freshman offensive tackle Donovan Smith.

At 6'7", 280 lbs., Smith is an incredible talent at that position, with ridiculous athleticism and flexibility. He's an excellent run blocker with the drive to continue improving with the passing game, although his size alone makes him extremely difficult to dodge.

Smith would serve as depth for the first season in Columbus, but could compete for the starting left tackle position with Daryl Baldwin in 2013. And my guess is that he'd win.

According to his personal Twitter account, Smith stated that he is "staying at Penn State no matter what," following NCAA President Mark Emmert's final decision.

Still, that is subject to change within the next several weeks as everything begins to sink in, especially the four-year postseason ban.

Ohio State may not be eligible for a bowl this year, but it is expected to make a legitimate title run in the following seasons during the college football playoffs. This, along with superior academics and a long line of student-athletes being drafted to the next level, is solid bait to lure in any interested prospect.

Buckeye Nation would love a player of Smith's caliber to join an offensive line unit that could use some additional help. I'm sure coach Urban Meyer would, too.

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