COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State soccer receivers trainer Brian Hartline blamed his NFL background for his tendency to take a look at possibilities in keeping with what they can’t do.

Talking on signing day, Hartline stated that could be a tough activity with Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

“He performs nice pageant,” Hartline stated. “He runs nice routes. He’s a sensible man. I believe he understands the offense. You don’t actually know till you get your fingers on him. He feels actually coachable.”

Smith-Njigba and the opposite 13 early enrollees from Ohio State soccer’s 2020 elegance were on campus for a few weeks. The vast receiver from Texas continues to be mountaineering the recruiting scores, alternatively.

Smith-Njigba is now regarded as a five-star prospect within the 247 Sports activities nationwide composite. He’s ranked No. 31 total and No. five amongst receivers.

Huge receiver Julian Fleming (No. Three total) and offensive take on Paris Johnson (No. 9) are the Buckeyes different two five-star possibilities. Each also are already on campus as early enrollees.

Maryland is the one different Giant Ten program with even one five-star for 2020 — receiver Rakim Jarrett.

Clemson has six five-stars for 2020, whilst Georgia has 5 and Alabama has 4. LSU and Oregon have 3 apiece.

Fleming and Smith-Njigba headline the country’s highest-ranked staff of receivers for 2020, along side Gee Scott Jr. and Mookie Cooper.

Smith-Njigba was once best ranked No. 289 nationally when he dedicated to OSU in November 2018. The Buckeyes have been in on him early, and he was once the primary of that four-man staff to devote.

All the way through a monster senior season, Smith-Njigba totaled 1,894 yards and 31 touchdowns on 90 receptions.


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