Grove City High School senior quarterback Luke Smurthwaite has verbally committed to play football for Kent State University, according to Dawgs coach Matt Jordan.
Smurthwaite is a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder who made first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and special mention all-district in Division I last season. He completed 168 of 298 passes for 2,369 yards with 15 touchdowns and also rushed for 477 yards and 11 scores on 141 carries on the way to making the ThisWeek Super 25.
As a junior for Grove City Christian, Smurthwaite passed for 259 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 555 yards and six scores while making special mention all-district in Division VI. He helped the Eagles advance to a state semifinal and finish with a 12-2 record that season.
"When he transferred back from Grove City Christian, I told him we were going to basically build our offense around him," Jordan told ThisWeek in December. "Luke's a very confident young man. He has total faith in his God-given abilities and he certainly is not going to back away from any challenge."
According to Scout.com, Smurthwaite is part of a 2011 Kent State recruiting class that has reached double digits. Others from central Ohio expected to sign with Kent State on Feb. 2 include Groveport offensive lineman Anthony Pruitt, Hilliard Davidson tight end Kyle Payton and Marion-Franklin wide receiver Jeremy McCoy.
Running back Terrell Bates, who starred for Division I state champion Lakewood St. Edward, also verbally committed to play for the Golden Flashes earlier this week.