Ohio State coach’s 4-year-old son sent recruit a text message


The four year old son of Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith accidentally sent a text message to a recruit.

Just when you thought the recruiting wars in NCAA football could not get any more underhanded, leave it to the boys in Columbus, Ohio to step their game up a notch. The Ohio State Buckeyes are facing the music though as the university self-reported 47 accounts of violation from last year. Among them were only two involving the now reigning national championship winning team. However, one in particular will turn heads, as the four year old son of a team coach accidentally sent a text to a recruit.

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While the incident appears to be anecdotal in nature, it opens up a litany of questions regarding the recruiting procedures in Columbus. How are we, the public, to know for certain if this was truly an accident?

To be fair, it would not be the first time off-the-field violations have plagued the team. Does anyone remember “Tattoo-gate?” That little mess cost Jim Tressel his job as head coach, and ultimately, a 12-0 Buckeyes team a shot at the 2013 BCS Championship game.

That was the first squad under new mastermind Urban Meyer. Could it be that the three time national championship winning head coach has been secretly developing a wave of toddler scouts?

Sure, it might sound ridiculous. It most certainly is. However, no one will be expecting such a thing, and that is the true genius behind it.

Of course. This must be how Ohio State has virtually dominated the Big Ten recruiting scene for the better part of a decade now. A certain head coach in Ann Arbor should be taking notes. That goes for the rest of the conference as well, actually.

It is true that football teaches the youth of America important life lessons from an early age onward. There is camaraderie, discipline, competitiveness, and sportsmanship among others. If one plays in central Ohio, prepare to add unscrupulous recruitment to the list.

In all seriousness though, Smith should probably just keep his phone out of reach from his children. A kid should not have access to a parent’s personal and/or professional contacts. Yes, it was avoidable, but it also does not need to be blown out of proportion, especially since the school self-reported, and according to the OSU official newspaper, the Lantern, placed sanctions upon themselves.

H/T Sports Illustrated

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