An underrated talent from Texas with big-time potential, Jaxon Smith-Njigba became a major target for Ohio State’s 2020 class as soon as his film was first seen by the Buckeyes.
A 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete from Rockwall, Texas, Smith-Njigba accepted a scholarship offer from Ohio State following a two-day visit to the school in November of 2018, his first trip to the school.
Notre Dame, California, Arizona State and others were among the 18 early offers for the 36th-ranked prospect in Texas’ class of 2020.
If you like what Austin Mack does for Ohio State, then you’ll likely become a big fan of Jaxon Smith-Njigba when he arrives on campus in Columbus.
At 6-foot-1 and almost 200-pounds already, Smith-Njigba has the frame to really grow into a very physical collegiate receiver. As a sophomore at Rockwall, he caught 74 passes for 1328 yards and nine touchdowns.
There’s two years of football to play before Smith-Njigba arrives in Columbus officially, so there’s a lot of time for things to change but what you should expect is for Ohio State to have another vocal, active leader in its class of 2020.
On the field, Ohio State will have a serious shortage of receivers on the roster in 2020 and it’s unlikely they’d accept a commitment this early unless they believed they found a difference maker in Texas.
There have been a few 2020 receivers interested in committing to Ohio State so far, but none have had the the attention of the Buckeyes coaching staff the way Smith-Njigba has to this point.
That’s why he’s receiver No. 1 in a class that should number four or five at the position in the Class of 2020 and why he’s the right player and person to lead the way for the Buckeyes.
On the field, the early rankings don’t do any justice to the type of player Ohio State is getting. He’s big, he’s fast — though he’ll get bigger and faster — but he’s an intelligent, charismatic young man off the field and the type of player Ohio State can build a class around.
That makes him a perfect addition for the Class of 2020, which is full of that kind of young person.
Ohio State has continued to make recruiting Texas a priority, despite how Tom Herman, Jimbo Fisher and others have tried to lock down the state’s borders. The Buckeyes brand remains strong and this early decision by Smith-Njigba is another example of that.
The Buckeyes could be on their way to a truly special class in 2020 and the addition of Jaxon Smith-Njigba is another big piece of that puzzle.