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Letters of Intent have arrived at OSU for these players

Posted by Koby Doughty February 6, 2013
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Ezekiel Elliot

U.S. Army All-American running back Ezekiel Elliot is hard to stop. He rolled up 3,022 all-purpose yards and 2,153 yards rushing his senior year, and The St. Louis Post Dispatch named him their Offensive Player of the Year. That, however, just capped off an already remarkable high school career. He accounted for 100 touchdowns during his days at John Burroughs School, playing for former NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte, and his team made three straight state title games. Plus, Elliot was a combo-guard for his basketball team and ran hurdles in track. His parents both attended Missouri, so it was tempting for Elliot to want to follow in the footsteps of former Tigers linebacker Stacy or track star Dawn, however, Elliot’s next stop is indeed Ohio State.

Other notable offers: Notre Dame, Penn State, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin

Recruited by: Stan Drayton


Jayme Thompson

It’s amazing how far safety Jayme Thompson has come in just a short amount of time. He didn’t start playing football until his freshman year, mostly played JV as a sophomore, finally started making an impact as a junior, and was a force for a state title-winning team his senior year. That run at Central Catholic, plus the competitiveness that comes from his background in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, earned him a scholarship offer from West Virginia, which he accepted. Then he learned he had a chance to play in his own backyard. So he apologized to the Moutaineers, and joined the Scarlet and Gray’s recruiting class. His father, whom Jayme is very close to, played basketball at Toledo and IUPUI.

Other notable offers: West Virginia, Louisville, Nebraska, Missouri

Recruited by: Everett Withers



Joey Bosa

How important was it for Ohio State to land Joey Bosa? The Toledo Blade had an excellent article this year about school President E. Gordon Gee getting in on the recruiting process. It didn’t take Gee telling Bosa that he’d take him to a frat party, however. Bosa was sold when he attended OSU’s spring game. As for why it was so important for Ohio State to land Joey Bosa, consider the following: his high school teammates nicknamed him “Bane” after the Batman villain, because of his strength; his high school coach says Bosa is more dominating than Pro Bowl defensive lineman, and fellow Aquinas product, Geno Atkins; he was bench pressing up to 440 pounds and squatting 500 pounds regularly…even before his senior season; during his senior season he racked up 70 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and forced a fumble. To top it all off, football is in his blood. He’s the son of former Dolphins first-round pick John Bosa and the nephew of Dolphins first-rounder Eric Kumerow.

Other notable offers: Florida, Michigan, Alabama

Recruited by: Mike Vrabel



Gareon Conley

Gareon Conley’s commitment to Ohio State is satisfying to Buckeye fans in two big ways. 1) OSU is picking up a football player who’s such an athletic two-way threat, he’s been compared to Chris Gamble. 2) Conley originally committed to Michigan before attending the 2012 Ohio State/Michigan grudge match. After that, he decommitted from the Wolverines. Conley’s ceiling is considered to be especially high, because he was a basketball-first athlete until just recently. As a matter of fact, he didn’t play wide receiver in earnest until his senior year, and still managed 50 catches for 1,096 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 25 tackles, forced a fumble, had 2 fumble recoveries and returned an interception for a score.

Other notable offers: Michigan, Cincinnati, Northwestern

Recruited by: Mike Vrabel


Evan Lisle

Certainly every Signing Day, you read about athletes who struggle with whether they should specialize in football. However, these athletes are mostly debating whether to focus on the gridiron or play hoops, maybe run track, or take the diamond for their school’s baseball team instead. For Centerville’s Evan Lisle, the question was whether to play football, or join the U.S. Army. Lisle is very proud that his brother and father serve in the military, and thought about joining up himself. He ended up playing tackle and helping his team to average 316.9 yards a game. Oh, and he played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Other notable offers: Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Oklahoma

Recruited by: Ed Warinner


Darron Lee

After attending an Ohio State camp, Darron Lee was so anxious to hear from the Buckeyes that he waited just a day, and then he called the coaches to see if he’d earned an offer. He was so excited to learn he was indeed being offered a scholarship that Luke Fickell had to tell him to talk to his Mom and high school coach before deciding. Considering that Lee played for New Albany here in central Ohio, you might assume that this desire to play for the Scarlet and Gray was born of a longtime devotion to OSU, but you’d be wrong. Lee grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with no special affinity for Ohio State. Now the Division II All-State player is hooked to the point where he’s willing to give up playing quarterback in order to do whatever is asked of him at the next level. He does expect to play on the defensive side of the ball.

Other notable offers: Boston College Cincinnati, Illinois

Recruited by: Luke Fickell



Billy Price

Two-way lineman Billy Price says that Urban Meyer made him feel like part of his family, which is why he committed to Ohio State almost a year ago. He was leaning toward joining the Buckeyes even before that, though, telling the Youngstown Vindicator that he basically made up his mind when he attended the OSU-Michigan game his sophomore year. In addition to playing football, Price played basketball and threw discus for his track team. Once he dropped hoops, he began working with a sprint coach and started a cardio routine to keep his weight down, but he still expects to be a massive presence on the OSU defensive line.

Other notable offers: UCLA, Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame

Recruited by: Ed Warinner



Jalin Marshall

Jalin Marshall was throwing touchdown passes in high school. He’s expected to catch them in college. He started making the transition at the Under Armour All-American game, where he was on the receiving end of a highlight 44-yard catch. Before that, as an athletic quarterback at Middletown High School, he threw for 765 yards and 11 touchdowns during his senior season for the Middies. He also rushed for 1,421 yards rushing while adding another 14 scores. That should come as no surprise from a player who says he was working out with a speed ladder when he was just in fifth grade.

Other notable offers: Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Tennessee

Recruited by: Tim Hinton



Tim Gardner

Tim Gardner lives in Indianapolis, but grew up a Buckeye fan. He wanted to be a Buckeye so much, when OSU’s coaches told him during a June camp that he needed to lose ten pounds, he went to work. Then, at the Buckeyes’ Friday Night Lights event, he finally earned the offer he had so coveted. However, Gardner didn’t stop working. The Indianapolis Star reports that the 6’5” offensive lineman played at 340 pounds his junior year. He’s currently listed at 315. Gardner’s efforts paid off in other ways, too. He was voted an All-State performer by Indiana’s high school coaches and Associated Press reporters. His team won the state championship, and that team averaged 328.5 yards per game behind the line that Gardner helped anchor.

Other notable offers: Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Louisville

Recruited by: Ed Warinner



Michael Hill

When was Michael Hill absolutely, positively sold on the idea of becoming an Ohio State Buckeye? It was the moment he saw the writing on the wall. You see, there’s a wall at the Woody Hayes Athletics Facility that lists all the OSU players who have been taken in the NFL draft since 2000, and Hill wants to someday add his name. First, he’ll have to bounce back from injury, though. He tore a ligament in his hand during his senior season. During his last full season with his high school team in Pendleton, South Carolina, he tallied 81 tackles (25 for a loss) and six sacks.

Other notable offers: Alabama, Florida, Clemson, South Carolina

Recruited by: Mike Vrabel



Mike Mitchell

Even though he had long been a fan of coach Urban Meyer, Mike Mitchell held off on announcing his intention to play for Ohio State until the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Usually, however, the 6’4”, 216 pound linebacker only knows one speed: fast. Mitchell was once clocked with a 4.39 40-yard dash. Equally as impressive, Mitchell had 186 tackles, 11 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 3 blocked punts in his senior season at Prestonwood Christian in Plano, Texas.

Other notable offers: Texas A&M, Oregon, Florida

Recruited by: Tom Herman


Donovan Munger

Donovan Munger paid the Buckeyes an official visit on Saturday, December 8th, and by the afternoon of December 9th, he had verbally committed to the Buckeyes. It’s not like he didn’t have options. In fact, there were late worries that Munger would flip his commitment to the Florida State Seminoles. In all, the lineman had 30 offers, with about half of those teams seeing Munger as an offensive lineman and the other half as a defensive stopper. His high school coach told the Plain Dealer that Ohio State would like him to play on defense, where he had 70 tackles, 6 sacks, 23 quarterback pressures, a fumble recovery and a pass break-up his senior year, according to ESPN.

Other notable offers: UCLA, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida State

 Recruited by: Ed Warinner



Dontre Wilson

Under Armour All-American Dontre Wilson reevaluated his commitment after to Oregon after head coach Chip Kelly left for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now the Ducks loss is the Bucks gain. The running back out of DeSoto, Texas rushed for 1,892 yards and 37 touchdowns to lead DeSoto to the 5A Division I state semifinals last year, according to the Dallas News. In addition, he caught 37 passes for 752 yards and 9 more TDs; and he returned a punt and a kickoff for scores.

Other notable offers: Oregon, Texas, Oklahoma State

Recruited by: Tom Herman



Trey Johnson

Under Armour All-American Trey Johnson originally committed to Auburn, but shifted gears as a result of Tigers changing defensive coordinators for the third time in three seasons. Stability was important to Johnson, and he found that in Urban Meyer. In Johnson, Ohio State lands a linebacker who recorded 140 tackles, three sacks, and one interception his senior season, and they start what could become a habit of poaching the state of Georgia for talent. 2014 recruits Raekwon McMillan, Demarre Kitt, Myles Autry, Deshaun Watson and Nick Chubb all have the Buckeyes among their favorites

Other notable offers: Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, USC, Oregon

Recruited by: Luke Fickell


Christopher Worley

Since 2002 there have been 20 football players from Cleveland Glenville to commit to Ohio State. The latest Tarblooder to join the program is Christopher Worley. His senior season, he had five picks (running two of those back all the way), 89 tackles, and 9 sacks. Worley has a reputation for being a hard-hitting tackler, but what most stands out about him is his versatility. He saw time at both safety and linebacker in high school, and depending on how his 6’2” frame fills out, could play either at the college level.

Other notable offers: Cincinnati, West Virginia, Michigan State, Pittsburgh

Recruited by: Stan Drayton


James Clark

Ohio State didn’t offer wide receiver James Clark a scholarship until January 9th.  They really put the hard sell on, though, with Urban Meyer making an in-home visit. That get together convinced Clark to check out the Buckeyes’ campus. Now he’d like to make Columbus his home. He caught 49 passes for 1,112 yards and eight touchdowns last year for his high school team in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Other notable offers: Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, Purdue

Recruited by: Tom Herman


Vonn Bell

Vonn Bell’s recruitment came down to the wire, with the Rossville, Georgia native fielding offers from Tennessee and Alabama as well as Ohio State. The Buckeyes had Bell in town the weekend of the Ohio State/Michigan basketball game, but unfortunately Bell had to leave before tipoff. Still what he learned about head coach Urban Meyer during his official visit was enough to persuade him to come to Columbus. He’s expected to play safety for OSU, and he had 125 tackles his senior year. However, he’s also had 1,000 yards and caught 18 passes for 627 yards. He scored a combined 21 touchdowns.

Other notable offers: Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Texas

Recruited by: Everett Withers


Marcus Baugh

Credit for the recruitment of Marcus Baugh should go to Jim Tressel. The tight end became a Buckeye fan when he watched Tressel’s team beat Miami in the national championship game, and so didn’t even need an official visit to Ohio State before committing. Baugh started playing football when he was nine years old, but then had to sit out until eighth grade because he was so much bigger than the other kids his age. When in high school, his coach at John W. North in Riverside, California told him he needed to put on weight. So Baugh hit the weight room, started drinking protein shakes and put on 40 pounds. What else can you say when you attempt to size up Baugh’s football potential? You can point out that he’s an Under Armour All-American. You can also point out that he had 610 receiving yards and 4 total touchdowns as well as 44 tackles his senior year.

Other notable offers: Florida, Tennessee, Nebraska

Recruited by: Tim Hinton








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