Ohio State football: New Jersey offensive lineman commits

By The Columbus Dispatch  • 
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Kevin Feder was the only college football fan in his family. Although he grew up in New Jersey with no connection to Ohio State, he always liked the Buckeyes.

Even though the offensive lineman committed to the University of Miami in January, he was more than willing to listen when Ohio State offensive line coach Ed Warinner began to recruit him.

He came to Columbus and impressed at Ohio State’s camp on Thursday, earning an offer the next day. Yesterday, Feder accepted it.

“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve grown up watching Ohio State,” he said. “It’s been one of my dream schools.”

Feder, who attends Don Bosco High School in Ramsey, N.J., is rated a three-star prospect by 247sports.com. He is ranked as the 16th-best prospect in New Jersey and the 82nd-best offensive tackle nationally for the 2015 class.

At 6-foot-9 and 310 pounds, Feder still is growing into his body. Too big to play Pop Warner football as a child and not interested in basketball, Feder primarily was a wrestler.

Most of his football career has been spent on the defensive line, and his junior season was marred by a leg injury — a stress fracture that became a full fracture of his tibia.

His inexperience as an offensive tackle is one reason he believes he’s ranked as a three-star prospect.

“I pay attention to that, but I really just try to focus on my personal goals and getting better every day. I can think I’m a five-star in my head,” he said

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