Osita Smith commitment adds to WVU’s safety stockpile

By in Sports, WVU Sports | August 30, 2018 at 2:42PM


Three-star safety Osita Smith, the No. 24-ranked 2019 prospect in Maryland, committed to West Virginia on Thursday.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Another Smith, another safety commitment for West Virginia.

Rivals three-star recruit Osita Smith of Columbia, Md., pledged Thursday over offers from Boston College, Purdue, Wake Forest, Indiana, Rutgers and Cincinnati.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder announced his intentions exactly one week after the Mountaineers gained a commitment from safety Tykee Smith of Philadelphia.

Now 16 commitments strong, West Virginia’s 2019 class currently ranks 37th nationally, per Rivals.

Osita Smith projects a mix of range and physicality to play the Spur safety in Tony Gibson’s 3-3-5 stack.

“The coaching staff was impressed with his ability to cover as well as come up and play in the box,” said Rivals writer Keenan Cummings. “He’s a wide receiver at the high school level, and in college he’ll be fast enough to cover downfield.”

West Virginia running backs coach Marquel Blackwell served as Smith’s lead recruiter.

A third safety in this class, Capital High’s Kerry Martin. committed July 28.

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