Ohio State Football Recruiting: Buckeyes Miss out on 5-Star OLB Jaylon Smith

Luke Pashke@@luke_pashkeCorrespondent IJune 2, 2012

You would think that recruiting a prospect who already has a brother on your team would be an advantage, but yet again the Buckeyes have missed out on a younger brother recruit.

According to Mike Farrell of Rivals, top linebacker prospect Jaylon Smith has committed to Notre Dame. Smith is the younger brother of current OSU running back Rod Smith, and is one of the most sought-after recruits in the 2013 class. 

The product out of Fort Wayne, IN is rated as a 5-star and the top outside linebacker in his class by Rivals. Along with these accolades, Smith is also rated the fourth-best recruit in the 2013 class overall. He plays with excellent speed and athleticism, and the Buckeyes certainly could have used his talents.

Unfortunately for Urban Meyer and his staff, this is the second younger brother of a current Buckeye to commit to the Fighting Irish. A little over a month ago, Mike Heuerman, a 4-star tight end prospect and the younger brother of current OSU TE Jeff Heuerman, stiffed the Buckeyes and committed to Notre Dame. 

Both these outcomes were certainly disappointing, especially considering the recruits' ties to OSU. In the bigger picture, the Buckeyes are not severely low on linebacker talent, but they certainly would have welcomed Smith with open arms. This being said, Meyer still must land a solid LB recruit or two in order to add depth and prepare for the future.

At this rate, let's hope no other big-time recruits have brothers on this current Buckeyes team, or we might not have as good a recruiting class as we were expecting.

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