Top Offensive lineman Marcus Hall commits to Ohio StateMarcus Hall, Cleveland (OH)Glenville's talented two-way lineman, gave Ohio State his oral commitment today, two days before national signing day. Hall, who is 6'5" and 290lbs, is considered to be one of the blue-chip prospects nationally, rated No.52 overall by Rivals.com and No.5 among tackles by Scout.com. He is the second Glenville Tarblooder to join the 2009 class; Jonathan Newsome is the other. Hall, considered by most to be the best player in the state of Ohio this year, will graduate early and enroll at Ohio State in time for spring practice. Hall said: 'I really like Ohio State a lot. I'm looking forward to helping coach (Jim) Tressel not just win a Big Ten title, but also win a national championship.' He had literally dozens of offers from schools including Michigan, LSU, Tennessee, Illinois, Miami (Fl), Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina State. Welcome aboard, Marcus!
Commit Date: 02/02/2009
Hall Finds Home With Ohio State
February 2, 2009 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "And the pipeline continues to flow...Marcus Hall from Cleveland Glenville will be a Buckeye. 'Itís home,' he told BuckeyeSports.com...Hall called OSU head coach Jim Tressel Monday morning and informed him of his decision. After returning home from an official visit to Tennessee on Sunday evening, Hall said he had made up his mind before he went to sleep that night. 'Tennessee was real nice,Ē he said. ďI had grown interested in them because my teammate, Mike Edwards, he committed there. He liked it a lot, so I had to go see what it was like. I came back just knowing I had to go to Ohio State.'..."
Texas QB Kenny Guiton joins Ohio State Class of 2009
Dual-threat quarterback Kenny Guiton is the 25th member of the 2009 OSU recruiting class. Guiton, from Aldine (TX) Eisenhower, who is 6'2" and 181lbs, was offered by the Buckeyes on Thursday and accepted almost immediately. He'll visit Ohio State Saturday. Guiton said: "I never thought I would get an offer from Ohio State; it really surprised me. It came out of the blue. I made up my mind pretty fast to commit. As soon as I got the call I knew that Ohio State was all about tradition; I am used to watching them play, and I just knew when they made their offer it was going to be the place for me." Guiton, who completed 117 of 232 passes for 1,670 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior and was 154 of 291 for 2,592 yards and 17 TDs with 247 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground as a junior, had offers and interest from schools including Kansas, Houston, Iowa State, Northwestern, Kansas State, Rice, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Baylor, Boston College and Prairie View. Welcome aboard, Kenny!
Commit Date: 01/29/2009
Texas QB jumps on last-minute OSU offer
January 30, 2009 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Ken Guiton Sr. is a football assistant at Eisenhower High School in Houston, a receivers coach sending three of his players to Texas, Oklahoma and LSU next year. He knows the recruiting scene. And he's never seen anything like what transpired with his son and Ohio State. 'For something like this to happen with a school of this magnitude, and as quickly as it developed, I'm astounded,' Guiton said Friday. 'I'm flabbergasted. And I'm extremely happy for my son.'..."
Miami (FL) running back Jaamal Berry has committed to Ohio State
One of the most highly sought recruits in the country, five star running back Jaamal Berry is the newest member of the 2009 OSU recruiting class. Berry, from Miami (FL) Palmetto, is 5'11" and 186lbs and runs a 4.31 40. Ranked as one of the top five running backs in the country, he has a 'very strong upper body that allows him to thwart would-be tacklers and gain yards after contact. A bit of a slasher and rarely runs around people. Very physical player who has exceptionally soft hands.' After making his commitment, Berry stated: 'I am a Buckeye. I made my decision for a reason. I feel at home at Ohio State. I like everything about Ohio State.' Berry had dozens of offers and interest from schools including Florida, LSU, Florida State, Michigan, West Virginia, Auburn, Mississippi, South Carolina, Clemson and Minnesota. Welcome aboard, Jaamal!
Commit Date: 08/31/2008
A 'Berry' Good Day For Ohio State
August 31, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "Miami Palmetto superstar tailback Jaamal Berry is the 25th member of the 2009 Ohio State recruiting class. Berry committed to Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel earlier today. The landing of Berry is yet another five-star recruit in this amazing class. Bill Greene spoke with Berry immediately after the commitment and has this report..."
Sam Longo makes it official: he's a Buckeye
Bellbrook (OH) HS's Sam Longo officially committed to the Buckeyes today (July 7). The coaches were informed last week but he waited until today to make the announcement. "I committed to Ohio State. The people at Ohio State are great. They treat you great. It's always been my dream to play for Ohio State," Longo said. A 6'5" 267lb offensive lineman, who runs the 40 in 4.7, he played both guard and tackle in high school. "Coach Bollman thinks I can play all three positions, tackle, guard or center. I prefer tackle, but I'm open to anything," Sam said. In an evaluation of him, Scout's wrote: "Longo is a devastating blocker. He uses his long arms and strength to toss the opposition aside like dish towels. Solid is pass protection. Has very good feet and moves well in space. Has outstanding knee bend and seems very athletic for a lineman." Longo's strengths, according to Scout, are "Aggresiveness / Tenacity, Explosion andToughness." Rivals rates him as the most athletic offensive lineman in the Class of 2009. Longo, whose Dad played his college football at OSU (Gene Longo played linebacker for the Buckeyes), had offers from Notre Dame, Illinois, Florida State, Nebraska, Penn State, Stanford, Miami, Michigan State, Boston College, Virginia, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Miami (OH) and Northwestern among his 20 plus offers. Welcome aboard, Sam!
Commit Date: 07/07/2008
Bellbrook's Longo will play for Buckeyes
July 8, 2008 Source: Dayton Daily News - "'It's a big deal for me,' Longo said. ' I cut it down to two schools (Ohio State and Penn State) and kept going back and forth. I just thought if the offer closed up, could I live with it? I stopped worrying and jumped on it.' Longo, who said he had offers from 32 schools...is 6-foot-51/2 and weighs 276 pounds...'At Ohio State, you're going to play with the best,' Longo said. 'It is kind of scary playing with all the big guys, but it will only help me in the long run.' Longo's father, Gene Longo, was an outside linebacker for the Buckeyes from 1981-84..."
Tressel has long history with '09 recruit's family
July 9, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch
Glenville's Newsome Commits to the Buckeyes
Cleveland Glenivlle's Jonathan Newsome today (June 24) became OSU's 23rd commit for the Class of 2009. Newsome said: "I'm 100% a Buckeye. I love Ohio; I love Ohio State football. I just didn't see any reason not to commit." He added: "Now I'm going to work on Marcus," referring to Glenville tackle Marcus Hall who the Buckeyes are also recruiting. The 6'2" 229 lb Newsome, who played linebacker as well as defensive end and offensive line for Glenville, is projected to be a defensive end. He made 60 tackles including 13 sacks during his junior season. Newsome had more than 22 schlarship offers including ones from Illinois, West Virginia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State, Pittburgh, Vanderbilt and Louisville. Welcome aboard, Jonathan!
Commit Date: 06/24/2008
Linebacker makes 23 recruits for '09
June 25, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "'Newsome... -- he's a player with great potential who could end up playing that linebacker-rush defensive end they've been using there for a while. He's one the coaches didn't want to see get away.'..."
Glenville High School DE Jonathan Newsome orally commits to Ohio State University
June 25, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Glenville defensive end Jonathan Newsome orally committed to Ohio State on Tuesday. Newsome, recruited as a defensive end and outside linebacker, is ranked among the top-60 defensive ends in the country..."
PA Star Corey Brown Commits to the Buckeyes
Corey Brown, a national top-100 prospect, rated as the fifth-best "athlete" nationally, and one of the top 10 overall prospects in the state of Pennsylvania, today (June 23) committed to the Buckeyes' Class of 2009. "I picked Ohio State really because of everything you can think of," Brown said by phone. "The academics, the coaches, the facilities, the tradition, the great players they've got now, the way they keep playing for championships --- they've got everything you want up there." The 6'2" 180lb Brown, who runs a 4.58 40, attends Gateway HS in Monroeville PA, where he has started at both cornerback and wide receiver since his sophomore year. He made over 40 tackles and intercepted four passes during his junior season while also catching 23 passes for 500 yards and three touchdowns. Brown, who is very physical and is tough to gain seperation on and very sound in run support, will likely play in the secondary for the Buckeyes. "It could be cornerback or wide receiver, but I think cornerback," Brown said. "But maybe I'll be like Ted Ginn and go there and play cornerback for a couple days, then get moved to wide receiver." He held dozens of scholarship offers from all across the nation, which included offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama, Tennessee, Penn State, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia, Boston College, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Syracuse. Welcome aboard, Corey!
Commit Date: 06/23/2008
Gateway's Brown picks Ohio St.
June 24, 2008 Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "..'"When you go up there, you can't come back without saying you don't want to commit,' Brown said of Ohio State...'It's the perfect place,' Brown said. 'I used to like North Carolina and Michigan until I visited Ohio State a few years ago.'..."
Carlos Hyde is a Buckeye
Naples' (FL) Carlos Hyde committed to the Buckeyes today (June 22) and became the 19th member of the Class of 2009. "I always liked Ohio State and I always wanted to be a Buckeye. When I went there for my visit, everything was perfect. I felt like it was the right place for me," Hyde stated. Although he lives with his grandmother and uncle in FL, Carlos grew up in Cincinnati, where his family still lives including his mother, father, grandfather, brother and sister. He rushed for 943 yards and scored 13 times during his junior season. Rated the # 2 FB in the nation by Rivals, he will be carrying the ball as a TB for the Buckeyes and is the big back the coaches were seeking. Hyde, who is 6'1" 236lb and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds, has the ability to run through you or around you. The Naples HS star had offers and interest from more than twelve schools including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Clemson, West Virginia, Miami-FL, Wisconsin, Florida State and South Florida. Welcome aboard, Carlos!
Commit Date: 06/22/2008
Buckeyes land running back from Florida
June 22, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "...his mother Dermidra Hyde confirmed the news. 'He is very excited about this, and he's really looking forward to playing for Ohio State,' she said. 'All he could talk about was how nice and pretty the campus is and how he can't wait to be a Buckeye.' Hyde is a power back along the lines of current Buckeye Chris "Beanie" Wells, and recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic believes Hyde could slide into the void nicely should Wells opt to head for the NFL after his upcoming junior season..."
Duron Carter Says Yes to the Buckeyes
Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Duron Carter, the son of former Ohio State and NFL great Cris Carter, committed to the Buckeyes today. "I actually committed to head coach Jim Tressel right after the camp. I just told him I really like the Ohio State system. I couldn't be more excited with my decision to play the next four years at Ohio State." Carter went on to say, "I never thought about oh he's my dad and he went to Ohio State, but more as this program was just perfect for me. I can tell you without a doubt that my father would have been happy no matter which school I chose. After I told him, he agreed that Ohio State fit me really well both academically and athletically." He did go on to say, "Ohio State has a history of having great receivers and I know I definitely want to be one there as well." Carter added that it will be neat to play college football at his dad's alma mater and in a state where he has so many family members. Duron, OSU's 18th verbal commitment for 2009, finished the 2007 regular season with 22 catches for 361 yards and 8 touchdowns and was by far the leading receiver in the Class 5A state championship game as well. The 6'3' 185 lb Carter had offers and interest from LSU, Florida, Michigan, Auburn, West Virginia, South Carolina and South Florida among others. Welcome aboard, Duron!
Commit Date: 06/20/2008
Cris Carter's son commits to Buckeyes' 2009 class
June 21, 2008 Source: Dayton Daily News - "Duron Carter, son of Middletown native and former Ohio State receiver Cris Carter, accepted a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes on Friday, June 20, giving the team 18 verbal commitments among seniors-to-be. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the 73rd-ranked wideout nationally. He picked OSU over Auburn, Wisconsin, West Virginia and LSU..."
Junior LB Whiting Commits To Ohio State
September 1, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Linebacker Jordan Whiting of Louisville (Ky) Trinity said in August he was going to commit to OSU as soon as he received his OSU scholarship offer. Whiting received that offer today, and he made good on his word as he has committed to Ohio State..."
Commit Date: 09/01/2007
Trinity linebacker commits to Ohio State
September 2, 2007 Source: Louisville Courier Journal - "Jordan Whiting is only a junior on the Trinity High School football team. But the standout linebacker has already decided to end his recruitment. The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Whiting committed to his longtime favorite school - Ohio State University - yesterday..."
Storm Klein Commits To Ohio State
October 15, 2007 - Linebacker Storm Klein of Newark (OH) Licking Valley has committed to Ohio State. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound athlete, LB/RB, who runs a 4.5 forty, committed to his longtime favorite school The Ohio State University yesterday. "I've wanted to be a Buckeye since my dad first took me to a game when I was a little kid. My family is a huge Buckeye family, so I guess you could say I was born to be a Buckeye. A couple of times since September 1, really I have been thinking about weighing the options of committing early or not doing it," Klein said. "After this season and everything, with OSU number one, I just decided I wanted to bleed Buckeye. I can see myself at the linebacker probably. That's kind of what they told me to keep an eye out for when I watch games," Klein said. "Coach Doc Tressel and Coach Fickell they will mess with each other, and tell me that I don't want to play defense or I don't want to play offense. They just kind of mess around with it, but I see myself as a linebacker." Among the dozens of other scholls that were recruiting Klein were Michigan, Penn State, Southern Cal & Florida. Welcome aboard, Storm.
Commit Date: 10/14/2007
Klein bleeds scarlet and gray
October 16, 2007 Source: Newark Advocate
Licking Valley junior commits Source: Columbus Dispatch
Johnny Simon Commits To Ohio State
December 26, 2007 - Youngstown Cardinal Mooney superstar Johnny Simon made it official that he will be playing his college football for Ohio State when he committed today to Tressel and assistant coach Jim Heacock. A two-year starter on the defensive line for Youngstown (OH) Cardinal Mooney, the 6-3 255lb defensive tackle, with 4.7 40 speed, is regarded by many as the state's top prospect in the loaded Ohio class of 2009. "I've always loved Ohio State. I visited some other schools, but Ohio State always stood out to me. I'm a Buckeye 100%. I'll be playing on the defensive line for Ohio State. I'm not sure where and it doesn't matter to me. I'll play where the coaches want me to play, whether it's at tackle or end. Anyway I can help the team is what matters to me." Simon already had offers and or significant interest from Notre Dame, Illinois, Stanford, Michigan, Penn State, Boston College, Iowa, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and dozens of other schools. Welcome aboard, Johnny!
Commit Date: 12/26/2007
Mooney's Simon Becomes Third Member Of OSU's Class of '09
December 26, 2007 Source: Bucknuts
Jack Mewhort Commits To Ohio State
December 28, 2007 - Ohio State's recruiting continues for the Class of 2009 with the commitment of Toledo St.John's (OH) Jack Mewhort. One of the top junior offensive linemen in the Mid-West, he accepted the Buckeye offer on Friday. Mewhort is 6-6 and 285 lbs. and plays center in high school. He said OSU coach Jim Bollman told him he could be playing either that position or guard for the Buckeyes. The junior already had offers and or significant interest from Michigan, Illinois, Stanford, Northwestern, Michigan State, Toledo and Bowling Green. Welcome aboard, Jack!
Commit Date: 12/29/2007
St. John's junior Mewhort commits to play at OSU
December 29, 2007 Source: Toledo Blade
Adam Homan is 5th Buckeye Commit
December 29, 2007 - Adam Homan from Coldwater (OH), and brother of current OSU LB Ross Homan, became the fifth 2009 Ohio State commitment when he called Jim Tressel to give him the good news. Homan, who is 6' 3" and 230 pounds, played RB and LB and lead his school to a state title this season. "It doesn't matter to me what position I play at Ohio State. I just want to be a contributor." Although Notre Dame, Illinois, Virginia, Iowa, Pittsburgh and others were recruiting Adam, he said, "Ohio State was pretty much all I was looking for in a school, and recruiting really ended once I got that offer." Welcome aboard, Adam!
Commit Date: 12/29/2007
All in the family: Homan commits to play football at Ohio State with brother
January 4, 2008 Source: Springfield News Sun
C.J. Barnett is a Buckeye
February 10, 2008 - C.J. Barnett, a 6'1", 180-pound cornerback from Northmont High in Clayton, Ohio is the latest player to become a member of the Buckeyes 2009 recruiting class. He committed to OSU Sunday (February 10) while in attendance for the Ohio State-Indiana basketball game. In addition to Ohio State, Barnett had interest and offers from a number of schools including Michigan and Standford. Welcome aboard, C.J.!
Commit Date: 02/10/2008
Defensive back commits to class of 2009
February 11, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch
Chris Fields commits to the Buckeyes
February 19, 2008 - Chris Fields, from Painesville (OH) Harvey, is the seventh commitment in the Buckeyes 2009 recruiting class. The a 6'1", 183-pound wide receiver, who runs a 4.45 40 and is considered to be a national top 100 recruit said, "I always wanted to pick the best college and Ohio State was the best college. I'm excited. I can't wait to be a Buckeye." Fields was already being recruited by a number of schools including: Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State, Illinois, Tennessee, Iowa, Akron, Florida State, N.C. State and Georgia Tech. Welcome aboard, Chris!
Commit Date: 02/19/2008
Fields orally commits to Ohio State
February 20, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jamie Wood is Buckeyes 8th commitment in the Class of 2009
February 24, 2008 - Pickerington (OH) Central wide receiver and defensive back Jamie Wood committed to Ohio State on Sunday during his visit to OSU. Wood, who led his team in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns last season and was named Pickerington Central's offensive MVP, is 6' 2" 185 lbs and runs a 4.5 40. Wood said, 'I've loved the Buckeyes since the day I was born, since I knew what football was. So to be able to have this opportunity, to be able to decide whether to be a Buckeye or not, why would you pass that up?' He already had scholarship offers, in addition to Ohio State, from Penn State, Illinois, Stanford, Kentucky, Indiana, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Miami-OH and Akron. Welcome aboard, Jamie!
Commit Date: 02/24/2008
Wood Becomes OSU Commitment No. 8
February 24, 2007 Source: Bucknuts
Five Star LB Dorian Bell is a Buckeye
One of the country's most highly sought prospects, linebacker Dorian Bell from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, officially announced a commitment to Ohio State. Scout, who has him ranked #1 at his position in the country, wrote: "Bell is a rare breed of linebacker who could play all three positions. He takes on and can shed blockers or neutralize them. He moves very well through traffic. His lateral speed from sideline to sideline is very impressive. He can cover as well as most high school safeties. Bell is asked to blitz a a lot and he gets to the quarterback in a hurry. He is very explosive off the edge and in pursuit." The 6'2" 221lb OLB had over 30 scholarships offers, including ones from Florida, Michigan, LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Boston College. Welcome aboard, Dorian!
Commit Date: 04/21/2008
Gateway's Bell commits to Ohio State
April 22, 2008 Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review - "Dorian Bell fell for Ohio State the first time he visited, when he was a wide-eyed sophomore. When the Gateway All-American linebacker visited for the Scarlet-Gray Game this past weekend, he was sold. Once Bell saw Ohio Stadium for the first time, it didn't take long for him to make a verbal commitment. He chose Ohio State on Monday..."
Jordan Hall Commits to the OSU
Running back Jordan Hall, of Jeanette PA, a friend and teammate of Terrrelle Pryor, has joined the Buckeyes. "When I went up there I just felt that I was at home with all of the coaches and all of the players...I had been thinking about it since junior day when I went up there, but it really opened up my eyes when I went up for the spring game," Hall explained. The 5'9" 185lb Hall had 891 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns. He totaled 27 catches for 704 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. He also scored touchdowns via kick return, punt return and on an interception return...an amazing 32 touchdowns. He was named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"Fab 22" and was named First-Team Class AA All-State. Hall held offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and others. Welcome aboard, Jordan!
Commit Date: 04/21/2008
Jordan Hall Joins The Buckeyes
April 21, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "It seemed like a foregone conclusion for several weeks, and Jeannette, Pa., running back Jordan Hall made it official when he issued a verbal commitment to Ohio State on Monday. BuckeyeSports.com has all the details..."
Corey Linsley Commits to the Buckeyes
For a long time the thought was that Corey Linsley was leaning to Ohio State, and on Monday afternoon he ended any speculation when he decided to commit to the Buckeyes, the fifth prospect to commit since the Ohio State spring game. The 6'4" 285 lb offensive tackle from Youngstown (OH) Boardman said, 'Ohio State was my No. 1 choice from the beginning. It swayed from time to time as to how heavily, but for the most part, being from Ohio, Ohio State was my dream school.' Linsley had offers and interest from dozens of schools including Stanford, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Cincinnati, Akron and Miami. Welcome aboard,Corey!
Commit Date: 04/28/2008
Linsley Becomes Lucky No. 13
April 28, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "Ohio State picked up verbal commitment No. 13 for its class of 2009 today when Boardman, Ohio, offensive lineman Corey Linsley opted to join the class. A three-star prospect, Linsley gives the Buckeyes two offensive linemen in the fold..."
Zach Boren Joins the 2009 Class
Pickering Central linebacker Zach Boren decided to pull the trigger and become a Buckeye. Only a week earlier, Borenís older brother Justin decided that he would transfer from Michigan to Ohio State. Zach and Justin's Dad, Mike Boren, was a star LB at Michigan under Bo Schembechler. Zach, who is 6'1" and 255lbs, had interest and offers from more than a dozen schools dozens including Michigan, Penn State, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Akron, Kent State, Miami-OH and Toledo. Welcome aboard, Zach!
Commit Date: 04/30/2008
One Boren isn't enough for OSU
May 1, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Zach Boren, a linebacker from Pickerington Central, said yesterday that he committed to the Buckeyes' 2009 recruiting class. A little more than a week ago, his older brother, Justin, announced he was transferring from Michigan to Ohio State, where he will be eligible in 2009 after sitting out this coming season..."
Zach Boren Is A Buckeye
April 30, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "Although he did not appear to be close to making a final decision, Zach Boren got in touch with an Ohio State coach this morning and decided to end the suspense and become a Buckeye. A family of 'Michigan Men' is being converted one by one..."
WR James Jackson from Michigan 14th Commitment for 2009
Wide receiver James Jackson, of Grand Ledge Michigan, who has 4.31 speed in the 40, will be a Buckeye. "I have committed to Ohio State," Jackson stated tonight. "I called coach Tressel today and made it official. Coach Tressel was ecstatic to hear from me. Ohio State is the best place to play in the country. I have a great feeling that this is the right place for me. I love the coaches and so did my parents. I just know there's no way I could do better than Ohio State." Scout.com's player evaluation states: "Has elite acceleration and speed. Can run past almost any defender and is dangerous in the open field. Is also an outstanding return man who can go the distance at any point in time. Has shown toughness and willingness to block and go into traffic. Makes some tough grabs...Creates separation with quickness..." The 6', 180lb Jackson had interest and offers from more than a dozen schools dozens including Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan, UCLA, Florida, USC, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, Oregon and Purdue. Welcome aboard, James!
Commit Date: 05/12/2008
Michigan prospect picks Ohio State
May 13, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "...'This is big for Ohio State for several reasons," recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic said. "One, Jackson is one of the top receiver prospects in the country. Two, he's the No. 1 receiver in Michigan, which leads you to No. 3, it's another victory by Jim Tressel over Rich Rodriguez.'..."
James Jackson Is A Buckeye
May 12, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "The Ohio State Buckeyes picked up a wide receiver tonight with the commitment of Grand Ledge Michigan star James Jackson. Jackson, one of the top wideouts in the country, told head coach Jim Tressel of his decision moments ago. Bill Greene talked with Jackson and filed this report..."
TE Reid Fragel from Michigan 15th Commitment for 2009
Reid Fragel, from Grosse Point (MI) South High School, has committed to the Buckeyes. "I called coach Tressel and committed," Fragel said. "He was pumped and excited. My family and I are equally excited." The 6'7" 254lb Fragel runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds. He caught 24 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns during his junior season and also played defensive end making 65 tackles, which included five sacks. Fragel had interest and offers from more than a dozen schools including Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Iowa, Maryland, Purdue, Miami-OH, Northwestern and Cincinnati. Welcome aboard, Reid!
Commit Date: 05/27/2008
Tight end prospect commits to 2009 class
May 28, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "...picked the Buckeyes over Michigan State. Michigan had sought him, too, but as a tackle. He wants the chance to catch the ball, which is one of the reasons he said he chose OSU. 'The first time I visited there, I fell completely in love with the place,' Fragel said by phone. 'It was for the spring game, and it was awesome.'..."
DB Dominic Clarke from Maryland 16th Commitment for 2009
Dominic Clarke, from Frederick, Md. Tuscarora HS, committed to the Buckeyes today. "I love Ohio State's tradition," he said. "I want to win and Ohio State wins." The 5-foot-11, 181-pound cornerback was named MVP at the National Freshman/Sophomore Combine in Virginia and was also named the 2007 top sophomore at the Maryland Coaches Association Combine. He has been timed at 4.41 in the 40-yard dash and has a 36-inch vertical leap. Clarke had interest and offers from Virginia Tech, Boston College, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Stanford, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Navy and Connecticut . Welcome aboard, Dominic!
Commit Date: 06/08/2008
Buckeye view for Clarke
June 10, 2008 Source: Fredericknewspost.com - "Dominic Clarke has one more year to play football at Tuscarora High School, but when he's done there, a bigger stage awaits him -- at Ohio State University..."
Maryland's Clarke Becomes OSU's 16th Verbal
June 8, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Ohio State hosted one of its two senior advanced camps on Sunday. But there was big news even before the camp as the OSU staff got a verbal from visiting cornerback Dominic Clarke of Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora. The 5-11, 180-pound Clarke becomes OSU's 16th commitment for 2009..."
Defensive lineman Adam Bellamy is a Buckeye
Aurora (OH) defensive lineman Adam Bellamy landed the offer he wanted when Jim Tressel offered him a scholarship. He gave Tressel the good news Tuesday and became Ohio State's 17th commitment for 2009. "I just got off the phone with head coach Tressel and I gave him a verbal commitment. He said it's a great day for the Buckeyes and he's glad to have me on board." The 6'4" 275 pound Bellamy, who runs a 4.8 forty, plays both the OL and DL, but said: "I'm pretty sure I'll be an interior defensive lineman for the Buckeyes. But wherever they want me is fine." The Buckeyes see him as a run-stopping defensive tackle who can plug the trenches. Bellamy, ranked the #23 offensive guard in the country by Scout, already had offers from Boston College, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Akron and Miami-OH. Welcome aboard, Adam!
Commit Date: 06/10/2008
OSU picks up D-line prospect
June 11, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Adam Bellamy was putting some young football players through their paces, urging them to give their all during a youth camp Monday in Aurora, Ohio, when his high school coached beckoned him. Bellamy, a senior-to-be defensive lineman for Aurora, had just given his all the day before at Ohio State's summer camp. Aurora coach Bob Mihalik said OSU coach Jim Tressel wanted Bellamy to call him..."
Melvin Fellows Has A Change of Heart and Will Be A Buckeye
Many Ohio State fans were both shocked and chagrined when Melvin Fellows, one of Ohio's premier players in the class of 2009, gave an oral committment to Illinois, the first offer he received, in December of 2007. Well, the Garfield Heights (OH) defensive end Melvin Fellows has reversed field and informed head coach Jim Tressel he will be a Buckeye. Fellows, a Rivals Top 100 player, who is 6'5" and 252lbs, is a strong side defensive end. A starter at defensive end his sophomore year, in 2007 he recorded 98 tackles and eight sacks and had 70 tackles and 10 sacks in 2006. Besides the Illinois offer, Fellows had offers and interest from dozens of schools including Notre Dame, Louisville, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and USC. Welcome aboard, Melvin!
Commit Date: 04/24/2008
Fellows Discusses Ohio State Commitment
April 24, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Garfield Heights, Ohio, defensive end Melvin Fellows committed to Illinois shortly after the end of his junior football season. However in the end he is a Buckeye, giving the OSU staff the news that he will sign with the Bucks rather than the Illini. Fellows discusses why he switched to OSU, whether or not his decision is final and much more with Bucknuts.com..."
Fighting The Illini No More
April 24, 2008 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "One of the most sought-after prospects in the state of Ohio, Melvin Fellows surprised many people when he issued a verbal commitment to Illinois back in December. But following a trip to Columbus for Ohio State's spring game, Bill Greene has word that the defensive end prospect has changed his mind and will play his college ball for the Buckeyes..."