Another Ohio State transfer will have a chance to take on the Buckeyes this year.
The NCAA has granted former Ohio State receiver L'Christian “Blue” Smith immediate eligibility at Cincinnati, setting up a meeting between Smith and his former team when the Bearcats come to Columbus in week two.
Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said Wednesday that Ohio State cooperated with Cincinnati to help Smith receive his waiver for immediate eligibility.
“I'm happy for what Ohio State did for us and for Blue, really trying to help him out and make this possible,” Fickell said, according to Fletcher Page of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Smith is the second Ohio State transfer granted immediate eligibility with a 2019 opponent, joining Keandre Jones at Maryland, who received his waiver for immediate eligibility on Friday.
Unlike Jones, who will likely start at linebacker for the Terrapins this fall, Smith's role with the Bearcats this season remains unknown, but there's potential he could see the field during the Sept. 7 matchup.
A former four-star prospect rated as the No. 124 player in the country out of Huber Heights Wayne High School, Smith appeared in three games during his lone season at Ohio State. He did not catch a pass and totaled just five offensive snaps.