11W Community Interview: Sioux Falls, South Dakota OL Grant Schmidt

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 29, 2014 at 12:00p
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The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

This week's 11W Community Interview heads to the Badlands and puts Sioux Falls, South Dakota offensive lineman Grant Schmidt in the hot-seat. 

Schmidt, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound lineman, earned a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes in May and became Ohio State's fifth commitment in the 2015 class in the second week of June. That commitment came on the heels of a family visit to Columbus where Grant took part in one of the Buckeyes' one-day camps and toured the campus. 

The first ever player from South Dakota offered a football scholarship from Ohio State, Schmidt shares a bit more about himself and his recruitment in the 11W Community Interview.


Can you describe what other kids in North Dakota are like compared to the kids you went against at camp at Ohio State? - ODeez330

GS: I'm assuming that the question is meant for South Dakota (laughs.) Regarding the competition difference, it is surprisingly similar. A gap does exist between the elite of Ohio and South Dakota obviously, but that gap is a lot closer then you'd think, the lineman especially. There are a lot of big, strong, and athletic kids here in Sioux Falls. There are three players — including myself — on the offensive side of the ball at my school that hold division one offers.

How does it feel to go to a school that's in a city with roughly the same population as the entire state of South Dakota? What was your favorite part of Columbus? -  OTrain2416

GS: There is definitely going to be an adjustment. I do live in a pretty large city and I go to a large high school (almost 2500 kids). I believe that this will give me somewhat of an advantage over someone who lives in a very tiny town, but it will be an adjustment. As for my favorite part of Columbus? It's definitely the overall feel, it feels like Sioux Falls in a lot of ways, truthfully. I also really loved this chicken place we went to? Raising Canes I think I is the name.

What is the general perception of Ohio State football in South Dakota? - Killer Nuts

GS: Simply put: elite. It was very big deal for someone from South Dakota to commit to Ohio State. It is very well-known and it's a school that is highly spoken of among the general population.

Most of us have some Ohio connection, thus the reason we follow the program with such passion.  But what made Ohio State your 'dream' school,  being from SD? - KBonay

GS: When I was a very young child I aspired to play college football and I wanted to be in an elite program but still in the Midwest because I value that part of my life, that way of life. So the obvious choice was Ohio State, because it's been the premiere program in the midwest for much of the last 20 years. I also wanted to do something that no one has ever done before from my state.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge once you arrive on campus (on or off the field)?  - BroJim

GS: I anticipate that I will have a lot of challenges to overcome once I am on campus, and a lot of them I probably have no idea what they are yet. One major one I can think of is time-management, which I think is hard for any student-athlete because as an athlete there's always something we have to do in class, the weight room or on the field. Time management is a really important aspect of being successful.

You said that when you received the offer from Ed Warriner you thought everyone was surprised but you. Could you expand on that? What did you know about yourself that others didn’t? - EwanJobi

GS:  I think that sounded more cocky then I meant it to (laughs).

In reality, I just woke up that morning for my early workout understanding that I was about to be evaluated by my dream school, so I trusted myself and relied on my foundation and my talents. I try to take a winning and positive attitude into everything I do, because if I went into that morning thinking I didn't have a chance, I would have already sold myself short and that's not how I approach anything in my life.

What will be your approach to strength and conditioning, academics, playbook study, and general competition against other recruits once you arrive on campus in 2015?  Would you enroll early? How would you separate yourself from the rest of the class to gain an advantage? - Cinserious

GS: First off, myself and some of the coaches discussed enrolling early and decided that would not the best choice for me. I have throwing (track and field) in the spring that I would like to participate in. I'm really hoping to throw 190-foot in discus, that's another passion of mine. I know the value in early enrollment, but I don't believe this will stunt my football development at all because I am very diligent about doing what I need to do when no ones watching. I will enjoy my senior year and finish out my obligations to my current teammates in football and track.

What is something you do for fun, or as a hobby, that most people don't know? - ChicagoBuckeye

GS: There's a little tradition I have that me and my friends go to pretty much every movie that comes out. It's something fun I do that doesn't seem very typical of a big offensive lineman or any football players. I am also a very avid reader I love books and get a lot of reading time in online.

Is their a recruits or players that you have got to know over the recruiting process that you could see becoming roommates.  - OSUPawn

GS: Not really yet, but it's still early.  Joe Burrow and I have traded text messages a few times but I'm sure that I will meet some more guys on my official visit. Everyone seems like great guys from what I've seen. I'm excited to be a part of this class and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone better.

I try to take a winning and positive attitude into everything I do, because if I went into that morning thinking I didn't have a chance, I would have already sold myself short and that's not how I approach anything in my life.

 Are you more Crazy Horse or Mount Rushmore? - Abe Froman

GS: Both are about six-hours away from where I live, but Mount Rushmore for sure. 

I know that a lot of people get all caught up in the rankings and stars and that stuff, but I want you all to know that when you step on the field that stuff means nothing. I haven't personally been to a camp where sports networks were evaluating for over a year because it all seems pointless to me, it's just hype for websites and what matters to me is a coach's evaluation. I got the offer I wanted and it all worked out for the best. Take a look sometime at the guys drafted in the first round and look at what star they where in high school, because recruiting services can't measure heart or motivation or my desire to be the best.  I'm looking forward to being a Buckeye and proving to anyone who doubts me because of "stars" that the coaches at Ohio State know what they're doing.

Thank you all for reading this and Go Bucks!

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Bloombergl's picture

Love the fact that there's no doubt about which school is your "dream school".  Welcome aboard big fella.

+4 HS
Mortc15's picture

Love the Raisin Canes mention and his obviously desire to prove doubters wrong 

He's gonna bring a blue-collar work ethic. All these "3 star guys" the coaches are bringing seem to all have that chip on their shoulder and want to prove those stars worthless. Gonna be awesome to watch it all unfold!

Buck-I4Life

+6 HS
Taspra's picture

Love this kid! Welcome to the Buckeyes Grant! You now have the largest fan base in the nation to have your back.

+3 HS
703Buckeye's picture

Great read; Grant seems like a well-spoken, intelligent, humble, and talented young man. I can't wait to see him suit up for the S&G!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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mobboss1984's picture

Definitely will become a elite offensive lineman. I believe that.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee
 

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904buckeye's picture

This young man has his priorities in order!

GO BUCKS. BEAT MISSAGAIN

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Habu71's picture

I read this a couple times and am quite impressed with this young man. The last portion suggests to me that the staff has found a "diamond in the rough", or at least one that was overlooked by many. I will not be at all shocked when this young man's name is remembered in these parts for great exploits on the field and off. 

Welcome to the family Grant, and Go Bucks!

+2 HS
DaveStephens's picture

I think we're getting a handful of those.  I wasn't able to post it because I didn't get my account approved, but I think UFM thinks that Joe Burrow is sincerely underrated.  When all the questions about why we stopped going after Gibson (or Gibbons, I already forget), I didn't read anyone saying that maybe Burrow is better,  or at least for what UFM wants (picking up our 2016 QB didn't hurt either).  Regardless, I love the way 2015/6 are shaping up.  OSU is making all the cutoffs for all the big name 4/5* recruits they want, and picking out 3* recruits that suddenly pick up more stars because they get OSU offers.

The Dude abides.

+1 HS
sivaDavis's picture

Def loved the Canes shoutout. Nothing better on campus bro, nothing better.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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1967Buck's picture

Very nice write up. A well spoken young man.

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OSU_Football_is_Life's picture

I really like this kid.  Motivated and clearly completely committed to the program and his dream school.  I also love the fact he's hungry and ready to work for what he wants.  I'm not concerned with where the recruiting services have him ranked or graded.  This is a kid that will put the effort and training into succeeding because he has attitude and motivation, something the *s don't cover.

A win over TTUN is one of the most important annual milestones I can think of!

+2 HS
Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye Nation Grant!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

cinserious's picture

How old is Grant again? He looks and sounds like he should be out there coaching the Buckeyes. I can se him being a great class leader and role model. 4 years from now, Urban will be shouting how he'll name his next son Grant!

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

+3 HS
BroJim's picture

Awesome. Thanks so much! He will be an OL that we are all very proud to have on our team. 

I season my simple food with hunger

BuckeyeinToledo's picture

Now I want some Canes... 

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

+4 HS
Hovenaut's picture

Impressive. Very happy this young man is a Buckeye, another excellent CI.

We may sometimes question the recruiting methods, but I think it becomes very clear the staff knows who they want in scarlet and gray...these interviews (along with the physical talent) sure validate the offers.

+7 HS
Silver Bullet 10's picture

I wonder if they reread these interviews and look at the comments, for which this comment would be wasting his time.... But he sounds like a really great representative of Buckeye nation. Excited to have him a part.

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s.pasadena fl's picture

This is the type of young man you win with! I would take a dozen just like him!

Ed Hopper

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DC-town's picture

Awesome- love hearing from these guys that seem to have a lot of drive and leadership-

'Piss excellence' -RB

BuckeyeGroove's picture

After watching an interview he did and reading this interview. I cant help but feel more impressed by his maturity and ability to convey his points so clearly, than any interview I can remember of a recruit. What he said about the stars and just the fact that he is smart and mature enough to realize that yeah those stars are an indicator of physical traits but in no way measure the heart of a man, makes me really believe this kid gets it and will definitely put a lot of smiles on the faces of buckeye nation in the near future. Glad to have you Grant!! GO BUCKS!!!

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tennbuckeye19's picture

It's great to have Grant onboard for 2015.

Sounds like he knew what he wanted, was determined and went after it. I love that. It's clear he has passion for the game and is motivated to be the best he can be as a Buckeye. Obviously the coaches saw this and rewarded him with a spot in this class.
 

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MN Buckeye's picture

A great representative from SD

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Buckeyeboy's picture

Solid as a rock. Cornerstone lineman. Excellent addition to the line, team, and school. Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Grant.

Go Bucks!

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buckeyeradar's picture

Welcome Grant.  Love your attitude.  Your work ethic will help you on the field as well as in the classroom.  Coach Warinner is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country and Coach Mick can prepare you for the next level.  Make yourself and your family proud and that will make us in Buckeye Nation proud.

Buckeye in Texas

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ibuck's picture

Awesome interview, Grant. Wishing you a great career at OSU on & off the field.

BTW, you're right on the time mgmt.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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BTBuckeye's picture

Get this man some chicken fingers! Welcome to buckeye nation!

AngryWoody's picture

I know that a lot of people get all caught up in the rankings and stars and that stuff, but I want you all to know that when you step on the field that stuff means nothing. I haven't personally been to a camp where sports networks were evaluating for over a year because it all seems pointless to me, it's just hype for websites and what matters to me is a coach's evaluation. I got the offer I wanted and it all worked out for the best. Take a look sometime at the guys drafted in the first round and look at what star they where in high school, because recruiting services can't measure heart or motivation or my desire to be the best.  I'm looking forward to being a Buckeye and proving to anyone who doubts me because of "stars" that the coaches at Ohio State know what they're doing.

 

Our Honor Defend!

+10 HS
Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

Sounds like a great, hardworking young man with some huge upside! I love his comments about proving the stars wrong! Hopefully one day he'll be one of those greats we all point to about defying "the odds" and being a first rounder!

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

Duane's picture

This kid has his act together.   I look for him to be a started by his second year.

Duane Combs

AndyVance's picture

Seriously impressed with this young man's answers. Well said, Grant, and welcome to the family.

+3 HS
Shangheyed's picture

Indeed a good lad, and looking forward to watching him play over the next few years. 

I really think our membership asks great questions, enjoy this segment to its fullest.

Balkestud's picture

Wow, I am looking at his picture and he is looking at me like he wants to drive me off the line of scrimmage five yards and then pancake my ass into the dirt. He is straight out of central casting for what a O-Lineman should look like, smart but clearly can't wait to mix it up. Looks like Warriner and Marrioti are going to have fun with him, welcome brotha!

It gets kind of rough in the back of my limousine,

 

 

Tater_Schroeder's picture

I haven't personally been to a camp where sports networks were evaluating for over a year because it all seems pointless to me, it's just hype for websites and what matters to me is a coach's evaluation. 

I love this quote! I've always managed to ignore the star-rating when Ohio State offers, because if the coaching staff believes they have it, I don't care what Rivals thinks. Great stuff! 

How Firm Thy Friendship

chirobuck's picture

oooook....we got a good one

 
^ best post ever ^

Boxley's picture

Sure sounds like a sure-fire winner!. Will be fun to watch him develope over the next few years.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Barnsey69's picture

Reminds me of John Simon for some reason...good vibes.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

WC Buckeye's picture

My son attends the University of Sioux Falls, and even though I don't need any more reasons to follow my beloved Buckeyes, having that connection will make it a little more fun to watch this particular player's development. Welcome to the family, young man!

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

Zimmy07's picture

So the obvious choice was Ohio State, because it's been the premiere program in the midwest for much of the last 20 years.

Not only is Grant very athletic, he's also obviously very intelligent.  (How's that taste TSUN & ND?)

+1 HS