Birminology: You Don't Know Schmidt

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 9, 2014 at 10:24p

"But Jeremy, he's only a three-star!"

No matter what you know about new Buckeye commit Grant Schmidt — and in most cases the answer is "very little" — you don't know Schmidt. 

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Schmidt is a rare athlete for his size and position.

What you do know is that he's big (6-foot-6 and 275 pounds), that he currently has a bit of an underwhelming offer list (Ohio State bested Minnesota for his verbal commitment). You may think that the South Dakota native is a "stretch" or a "reach" by the Ohio State coaching staff, but you'd only think that if you were not paying attention to Urban Meyer's recruiting history; Meyer would rather bank a scholarship than give one away to a player he didn't feel could contribute. 

Ohio State signed five very talented offensive lineman in 2014 and Schmidt becomes the first of what could be a four-man class in 2015. Where Schmidt excels at this point in his development is simple athleticism. He's not your average, plodding, big-bellied offensive lineman. This is a young man with elite measurables who is still learning the art of being a lineman. One thing that's for sure, he's got the tools that all offensive line coaches would love for everyone lineman they have to start with.

One source close to Schmidt's commitment raved about him. 

"He's very athletic, he's explosive," the source told 11W. "He's smart, he's a hard worker and is very coachable. (He has) huge upside."

One player Schmidt has been compared to since being offered by Ohio State in May is former-Buckeye and soon-to-be Indianapolis Colt, Jack Mewhort. Our source agreed with the comparison, but said Schmidt is actually above where Mewhort was athletically.

"Yes, (he reminds me of Mewhort) or Taylor Decker," he added. "(Grant) is more explosive than both of them. His broad jump (nine-foot-four-inches) would have placed him third among all offensive tackles at the NFL combine."

While Schmidt readily admits his game needs polish, his natural ability, attitude, self-confidence and work-ethic make him an ideal prospect to mold in the future. 



703Buckeye's picture

I'm excited to see what the first-ever South Dakotan can do for the good guys!

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

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rosycheeks's picture

Reminds me of how the Long kid from Oregon was described when he came out. He's working out great for the Bears.

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Earle's picture

When this guy hits Columbus, we're gonna see some serious Schmidt.

The revolution will not be moderated.

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Hovenaut's picture

I see what you've done there...


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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Obligatory 'sappy' gif for the haterz...


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dubjayfootball90's picture

Nice write-up. Quick hitter on some extra info to get people OFF of the stars and on ability and drive

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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SilverState's picture

And off of scholarship list. So dumb: "Oh he doesn't have a good offer list." Well, somebody has to be the first discover him.

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Hovenaut's picture

It wasn't the number of stars, but other measurables - sounds as though he had an excellent workout and turned in some impressive results there.

I also like his size coming in - 6'6", 275. Near ready-made, with a frame that can pack on some bulk (cue Coach Mick).

Mewhort references have already been made, going a little further to say it wouldn't surprise me to see Schmidt turn into a lineman similar to a Jim Lachey.

Great add to the class, looks like the Elite 15 is off and running.

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BuckNutzGasMan's picture

I love that we are recruiting athletes at every position.  

Hopefully they turn out to be football players as well.

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Seattle Linga's picture

I like the glasses look - back in my day we wore the Rec Specs - maybe he needs to give it a try.


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buckeyepastor's picture

1.  Stars get really over-rated.   For every 5-star that pans out as an All-American, there's a Jamaal Berry-type who never really amounts to much.    

2.  Not worried about the lack of offers or accolades.   Kids in South Dakota don't get the exposure of the kids in Florida, Texas, Ohio, etc..   I seem to remember Laurinaitis, coming out of Minnesota, was drawing some attention but wasn't considered elite when he was being recruited.   

3.  Ratings need to be a consideration, but I really like the attitude that Pat Fitzgerald has.  We're not just looking for the best players according to other people.  We're looking for the best players for Ohio State.   And those aren't always the same thing.   


"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Great point as always Sir!

GV9's picture

"Schmidt Happened"  

"You Don't Know Schmidt"  

What's with the juvenile wordplay?  It's disrespectful to our newest recruit.  

Earle's picture

I'll Grant you that it's a bit juvenile, but there's really nothing disrespectful in talking a little Schmidt.

The revolution will not be moderated.

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Hovenaut's picture

Good movie...(Be advised against watching the hot tub scene. Starring Kathy Bates)


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sivaDavis's picture


"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

AndyVance's picture

Where Schmidt excels at this point in his development is simple athleticism. He's not your average, plodding, big-bellied offensive lineman.

This is right on the money - I was really struck by the fact that for his height and weight, he doesn't look to be carrying any extra pounds. When he gets into Coach Mick's meat grinder, I think we're going to see something akin to the Incredible Hulk. Urban Meyer is definitely not recruiting the old-school-style "big uglies," but a new breed of fast, lean, athletic monsters.