Indiana adds safety Sebastian Smith to 2012 class

Sebastian Smith, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety from Pickerington Central High School in Ohio, has committed to Indiana according to several reports, including this one from 24/7 Sports.

Smith is a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com. Indiana was reportedly his only scholarship offer, but he had also drawn interest from Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Coaches that were looking at Sebastian Smith had to look hard to understand his full value, Pickerington Central coach Jay Sharrett said, because as a junior he was often playing somewhat out of position.

The Tigers have been a safety factory in recent years, sending five to Division I schools in the past eight years. Last year’s starting free safety, Eliar Hardy, went to Notre Dame.

That left Smith somewhat overshadowed and forced him to bounce around the field. He saw sometime at strong safety, sometime at outside linebacker, and sometime at cornerback, while also playing on every one of the special teams.

But those who put the time in, including the Indiana staff, saw an athlete who was obviously BCS level.

“They’re getting a kid whose 6-3 with a lot of ball skills and great tackling skills,” Sharrett said. “He’s a hard-nosed football player.”

With Hardy gone, Smith will start at free safety this year, allowing the Tigers to take more advantage of his speed and strength. Sharrett said he runs a sub 4.5 40-yard dash (he was timed at 4.41 seconds with a hand-held stopwatch, Sharrett said) and bench presses 315 pounds.

Sharrett was discussing Smith while standing on his deck and waiting to go swimming after practice Tuesday, but said there was one stat he knew for sure.

“I’ll tell you one thing he didn’t have,” Sharrett said. “A missed tackle. The kid does not miss tackles. … You’re talking about a kid that can flat out run. He can go hash mark to hash mark or sideline to sideline. And he’s a great open field tackler.”

9 comments

  1. I believe there was a post on scout saying Iowa just offered. need some DT’s but can’t complain about the haul so far for Wilson.

  2. Chicago hoosier; if that opinion is even close to being accurate, the impact that Wilson and staff have had on recruiting in such short a time is really impressive. The class of 2012 has exceeded my most optimistic expectations.

    Wilson has the program pointed in the right direction. Coaching makes all the difference.

  3. A bit surprised that Michigan has the top ranked recruiting class for 2012! And according to Scout.com, no other Big Ten teams have classes ranked in the top ten. Michigan has a great new coach, a proven winner, and he’s obviously getting it done. Indiana ranked 27th is great news. What a turnaround in FB recruiting.

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