Ohio State Football: Running Back Roderick Smith Cleared To Join Team

David ThurmanCorrespondent ISeptember 4, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts to a play at the 96th Rose Bowl game against the Oregon Ducks on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Drew Thurman (8:33 pm)

As if the depth chart wasn't already deep enough at running back for the Buckeyes, they have finally added Roderick Smith to the mix. Tim May reported this on the Dispatch early this evening:

"Freshman running back Roderick Smith was cleared through the admissions procedure at Ohio State today and is expected to be with the team when it resumes practice Sunday, coach Jim Tressel confirmed.

"Smith, from Paul Harding High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., signed a letter of intent with the Buckeyes in February. But the start of his college career had been put on hold by the NCAA academic clearinghouse as it perused his high school records, which included work done in summer school this summer.

"Considered one of the top power running back prospects in the country in the 2010 class by several recruiting services, Smith now dives into a deep pool of tailbacks at OSU. Five played last night in the 45-7, season-opening win over Marshall. Among them was freshman Carlos Hyde, who had just one carry before suffering an ankle sprain."

Great news...we will finally get to see this in scarlet and gray!

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