In just the month of April, coach Urban Meyer and his staff have gained eight commitments to the Ohio State recruiting class of 2013, with one of the top defensive end prospects in the country — Joey Bosa of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — adding his pledge yesterday.
Throw in defensive end/linebacker Lewis Neal of Wilson, N.C., who also committed yesterday, and that means the Buckeyes have 13 for ’13, headed toward a class that likely will number about 20 come February.
In the past two weeks, OSU also has landed other prize recruits. J.T. Barrett of Wichita Falls, Texas, is rated by one recruiting service as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback prospect; Alex Anzalone of Wyomissing, Pa., is a premier linebacker recruit; and Marcus Baugh of Riverside, Calif., is among the best tight ends nationally.
Mike Farrell, the national recruiting editor for Rivals.com, said he’s not surprised by the Buckeyes’ early success.
“This is nothing unexpected; this is what Urban did at Florida,” Farrell said.
Bosa is a nephew of former Ohio State defensive end Eric Kumerow. In starring for Aquinas, one of the premier high-school programs in the country, he was sought by almost every major college in the nation, including those in the Southeastern Conference.
“Everybody thought he was going to go to Alabama, or at the very least stay in SEC country,” Farrell said. “It’s a big surprise (his choosing OSU), but it just shows what happens when you get on campus and Urban Meyer gives you the pitch.”
Bosa, son of former Miami Dolphins defensive end John Bosa, joined Anzalone and several other prospects at Ohio State for an unofficial visit last weekend, during which they took in the spring game. It was Joey Bosa’s second visit to OSU this spring, and after tweeting Sunday that he had conquered the famous Thurmanator burger from the Thurman Cafe, he evidently left with a good taste in his mouth.
Yesterday morning, after returning home to south Florida, he tweeted: “Committed to the Ohio State University.”
“Thank you to everyone who had an interest in me … I can’t even say how thankful I am, but Ohio State is just the place for me.”
Veteran recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic had anticipated Bosa’s decision, but it didn’t lessen the impact.
“It’s a tremendous coup for Coach Meyer and his staff, especially considering the three high-profile defensive ends they signed with the 2012 class,” Kurelic said, referring to Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Se’Von Pittman. “You’d think that would have made it difficult to attract another great defensive end so quickly.”