The Ohio State Buckeyes are only weeks away from beginning their summer training camp. Unfortunately, it looks like they might be shorthanded on the defensive line with Tyreke Smith going under the knife.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Smith revealed he would be undergoing an unspecified surgery. According to CollegeFootballTalk, the Buckeyes have not revealed the nature of the procedure or the recovery time.
A former four-star prospect in the Class of 2018, Smith is poised for a bigger role with the team in 2019. He recorded just nine tackles last season but looked solid in Ohio State's spring game.
Coming out of high school, Smith was the No. 34 overall prospect in the country per 247Sports. He was the No. 4 weak-side defensive end in the country, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of Ohio.
The Cleveland-native was a force for Cleveland Heights in his senior year of high school, tallying 70 tackles, 11 sacks and 23 tackles for loss.
With the departure of Nick Bosa and several other defensive ends, Smith is in a prime position to take a major role for the Buckeyes in 2019.
One would imagine that such a low-key surgery announcement might mean that the procedure is not especially serious, but you never know.