Osita Smith Continues August Commitment Run For WVU
West Virginia received six verbal commitments in July in its football Class of 2019, and it has almost matched that number in August, as Wilde Lake High School’s Osita Smith announced his choice of the Mountaineers.
A speedy weapon on offense at wide receiver and as a kick returner, Smith is expected to bring those abilities to the defensive side. His current build (6-2, 195 lbs.) makes him a strong candidate for either the spur or bandit position, with the former being his likely first destination when he arrives on the WVU campus.
Smith is West Virginia’s 16th verbal commitment overall, and the second from the state of Maryland, in this class. He joins wide receiver Isaiah Hazel, who committed to the Mountaineers on July 28. Smith is the second safety in the class, joining Tykee Smith of Imhotep Charter School in Philadelphia, who came aboard last week.
Smith has a great burst, which he shows on offense but will also be of great help when making decisions and breaking on the ball on defense. He has played as an edge rusher at Wilde Lake, so is familiar with playing in traffic and working against linemen and physical blockers. With his speed and agility, he should be a viable candidate for blitz schemes, but he also has the footwork to drop into pass coverage.
He chose WVU over four other finalists, including Maryland, Indiana, Rutgers and Temple, but has more than a dozen Division I offers to date.