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Washington Wins Basketball Gatorade Player Of The Year
March 22, 2012 8:00 am EST

The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, announced Adolphus Washington of Taft High School as its 2011-12 Gatorade Ohio Boys Basketball Player of the Year. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Washington as Ohio’s best high school boys basketball player.  He is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in March.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound senior center and power forward averaged 23.1 points, 14.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game this past season, leading the Senators (19-4) to the Division II quarterfinals. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Washington was named the 2012 Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Washington has maintained a 3.07 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and in association with food and clothing drives for needy area families.

Washington has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Ohio State University in Meyer's first class.  At the same time he is joining Buckeye basketball players who have also won this award: Jordan Sibert (2009-10, Princeton), C.J. McCollum (2008-09, GlenOak High School), B.J. Mullens (2007-08, Canal Winchester High School), and Jon Diebler (2006–07, Upper Sandusky).
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. 

Top Recruit Chooses Terrapins Over Buckeyes
February 10, 2012 11:00 pm EST

This could be the closure to the Class of 2012 for the Buckeyes.  Coach Meyer believed he was in the running for blue chip receiving prospect Shelon Diggs of Olney, Md.

OSU was one of four schools rumored to be on the short list for Diggs, including Florida, Auburn and Maryland.  As it turned out, he actually made his decision, and faxed his letter of intent earlier in the day, long before his evening party/news conference.  I guess that is one way to do it.  Maybe one slipped away for the Bucks but then again, the schools in contention are all coming off less than successful 2011 campaigns.

At any rate, Meyer has landed a class of 25 players which is among the best in the nation.  Look for a sell-out at the spring game this year.
Bielema Is The Boy That Cried Wolf
February 2, 2012 4:00 pm EST

I guess if there was going to be one Big Ten coach that would be the least happy about the success of Ohio State's 2012 recruiting class it would be Bret Bielema.  Don't worry about him though, he is still upset because he was not able to buy a one-year quarterback again this year.  The two-time Rose Bowl coach was quoted after signing day was complete. 

"There's a few things that happened early on I made people be aware of that I didn't want to see in this league that I had seen take place at other leagues," Bielema said. "Other recruiting tactics, other recruiting practices that are illegal. I was very up front and was very poignant to the fact. I actually reached out to Coach Meyer and shared my thoughts and concerns with him and the situation got rectified."

First, we know he is just whining.  This is the same coach that was boosting during the pre-season media day last season as 'a team that does things by the rules'.  Nothing like trying to kick OSU when they are down.  Of course it did not stop the Buckeyes from dropping an 'L' on the Badgers in Columbus.   But the other thing we learned last year was that if you know of an NCAA violation, you better report it to the NCAA.  Until I see Bielema talking to NCAA about the 'illegal' recruiting, we know he is just blowing off steam.

Twas the Night Before Signing Day
January 31, 2012 7:15 pm EST

Less than 24 hours before 2012 signing day, things are looking pretty good for Ohio State.  Late Sunday night, four-star Westbury, Massachusetts cornerback Armani Reeves announced that he had chosen Ohio State over Michigan.  Always nice to win those type of battles.  The following day, Middletown “athlete” Jalin Marshall announced he would be part of Ohio State’s 2013 class.  Marshall is considered by some to be the top junior prospect in the state of Ohio.  At worst, Marshall is probably the 2nd best 2013 prospect, behind Cameron Burrows, who committed to OSU earlier this month.

The Bucks are in on a couple of prospects that will announce tomorrow, on signing day.  The one Ohio State appears to have the best shot at is Cleveland Heights offensive tackle Kyle Dodson.  Dodson will announce his college choice tomorrow at 12:15 p.m.  The Buckeyes are extremely thin at the tackle spot on offense, so the addition of Dodson would fill a big need.  Dodson is rated a 4-star by three of the four main recruiting networks.  If he doesn’t choose Ohio State, Dodson may be headed to USC.  As of 7 p.m. Tuesday night, I’d give a slight advantage to OSU here.

The next most likely candidate to choose Ohio State tomorrow is probably Durham, North Caroline defensive end Jamal Marcus.   It’s East Carolina or Ohio State for Marcus.  Marcus is rated 4-star by two of the four main services.  Tough call here; as of 7 p.m. Tuesday night, I’ll call it 50/50.  Marcus announces at 10:15 a.m. tomorrow.

Bam Bradley, Joel Caleb, Jordan Diamond, and Roger Lewis likely will not end up at Ohio State.  Look for Bradley to choose Pitt, Caleb to choose Va Tech and Diamond to choose Michigan or Arkansas.  Lewis may not end up anywhere after the rape charges that were filed against him earlier today.

But tomorrow may not signify the end of 2012 recruiting for Ohio State as both Stephon Diggs and Davonte’ Neal will not announce their college choices tomorrow.  Very tough to get a read on the Diggs, who is rated 5 stars by three of four main services.  OSU appears to have a shot here, but Florida may be the favorite here.  Tough call on Neal as well; Arizona may be the favorite.

- Brent Baver

Lately It Has Been A Recruit A Day For Ohio State
January 20, 2012 6:15 pm EST

Another day, another defection.  4-star LB Camren Williams is the latest Nit-Quit. Williams verballed to OSU today, bailing on his original commitment to Penn State.  This makes 23 total for the Buckeyes in the class of 2013. 

- Brent Baver

Visit To OSU Secures Another Prospect
January 18, 2012 9:30 pm EST

The Meyer recruiting machine has been working overtime as we approach signing day.  Now it appears that no school is safe as David Perkins, who originally committed to Notre Dame announced his commitment to Ohio State.  Perkins, the 22nd member of the 2012 recruiting class, made his official visit to Columbus this past weekend, and it did not take long for him to decide to switch to the Buckeyes.

The Next Buckeye Comes From Colorado
January 17, 2012 7:00 pm EST

One day after we put his name on our recruiting page, the news surfaces that Joey O'Conner will be the next name on the OSU list for 2012.  He just had a visit on the 13th, and is now ready to submit his verbal commitment. The 6' 4", 295 lb offensive lineman from Colorado choose the Buckeyes over other schools who offered scholarships, including Arizona State, Arizona, California, UCLA, Colorado, Colorado State, Penn State, Iowa and Tennessee.  O'Conner becomes the 5th ESPN top 150 player for OSU in the 2012 class.

Who Fills Out The Remaining Spots In OSU’s 2012 Class?
January 16, 2012 4:00 pm EST

The top candidates (as of 1/16/12):

Joey O’Conner, OG, (Windsor, CO), 17th rated OG nationally (3 stars) by Scout.com & 15th rated OT (4 stars) by Rivals.com. 1/16 update: Visited OSU the weekend of Jan. 14. May very well be OSU’s next verbal. Likely an interior lineman if he ends up at Ohio State.

David Perkins, S (South Bend, IN) 22nd rated OLB nationally (4 stars) by Scout.com & 11th rated ATH (4 stars) by Rivals.com. 1/16 update: Visited OSU the weekend of 1/14 and loved it. Ohio State seems to have a pretty good shot here, but if OSU gets a verbal from LB Cameron Williams in the near future, they may not have room for Perkins.

Cameron Williams, OLB (West Roxbury, MA), 16th rated OLB nationally (4 stars) by Scout.com & 7th rated ILB (4 stars) by Rivals.com. 1/16 update:  Williams is a soft commitment to Penn State but he may end up a Buckeye. Williams visited OSU in December and is coming back for another visit. Tough call between Ohio State and Penn State on this one.

Armani Reeves, CB (West Roxbury, MA), 6th rated CB nationally (4 stars) by Scout.com & rated 17th by Rivals.com. 1/16 update: Reeves and Williams (high school teammates) a package deal? Possibly. Reeves visiting OSU this week, and the Buckeyes are certainly a player here.

Kyle Dodson, OT (University Hts, OH - Cleveland Hts), 24th rated OT (4 stars) by Scout.com & rated 20th (4 stars) by Rivals.com. 1/16 update: With the recent verbal from Taylor Decker, the chances of Dodson signing with Ohio State have decreased, but he isn’t out of the picture just yet.

Jamal Marcus, DE (Durham, NC), 64th rated DE nationally (3 stars) by Scout.com  & rated 35th WDE (3 stars) by Rivals.com. 1/16 update: Don’t let the rankings fool you – Marcus is a great prospect and would be a great get for the Buckeyes. Visiting OSU later this week and the Bucks have a decent chance here.

Jordan Diamond, DE (Chicago) 8th rated OT nationally (5 stars) by Scout.com & 35th (4 stars) by Rivals.com. 1/16 update: Hard to gauge this one. OSU has a shot but there are a handful of schools in play here.

Davante’ Neal, WR (Scottsdale, AZ) 5th rated WR nationally (4 stars) by Scout.com & 22nd by Rivals.com & 11th. 1/16 update: Visited OSU the weekend of 1/14 and had great things to say about his visit.  Will be taking 3 more visits and may not pick a school until after signing day.  OSU may not have room after signing day, but we shall see.    

Bam Bradley, LB/S (Trotwood, OH – Trotwood-Madison) 36th rated S nationally (3 stars) by Scout.com & 36th (3 stars) by Rivals.com. 1/16 update: Not sure if Bradley is still on OSU’s radar.  If there is room for him, he could end up a Buckeye.

Dalton Santos, LB (Van, TX) 5th rated MLB nationally (4 stars) by Scout.com & 15th rated ILB (3 stars) by Rivals.com. 1/16 update: Will be visiting OSU the last weekend of January. Currently a soft verbal to Tennessee and does not appear to have an OSU offer. He may however get that offer when he visits Ohio State. At this point, appears to be a longer shot.

De’Vante Harris, CB (Mesquite, TX) 16th rated CB nationally (4 stars) by Scout.com & 11th (4 stars) by Rivals.com. 1/16 update: Visiting OSU the last weekend of Jan. If Armani Reeves ends up a Buckeye, there may not be room for Harris. At this point, appears to be a longer shot.

Alex Kozan, OG (Highlands Ranch, CO) 16th rated OG nationally (3 stars) by Scout.com & 30th ranked OT (4 stars) by Rivals.com. 1/16 update: If Joey O’Connor commits to OSU, Kozan likely will not be a Buckeye. At this point, appears to be a longer shot.

  - Brent Baver

Taylor Decker Becomes Commitment #20 For Ohio State
January 16, 2012 4:00 pm EST

Taylor Decker, a 6-8, 288 lb, offensive tackle from Vandalia Butler (OH) has changed his verbal commitment from Notre Dame to Ohio State.  Decker is rated the #26 OT prospect nationally by Rivals.com (4 stars) and the #14 OT prospect nationally by Scout.com (4 stars).  Ohio State desperately needed at least one OT prospect in this class, making the commitment by Decker a big one for the Bucks.  Decker joins Riquan Southward, Tommy Schutt, and Se’Vonn Pittman as prospects that have “flipped” on earlier verbal commitments, announcing that they will sign with Urban Meyer and Ohio State.

  - BBaver

Six Future Buckeyes Matriculate Early
January 11, 2012 10:00 pm EST

There are six new freshman on the OSU campus, who just one month ago were high school seniors.  They are enrolled in winter quarter classes and will also take part in conditioning drills at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. They are: Jacoby Boren, Bri’onte Dunn, Cardale Jones,  Joshua Perry, Tyvis Powell, and  Michael Thomas. 

The six newest Buckeyes are part of one of the larger groups of mid-year enrollees for the Ohio State football program.  Lately this has become a pattern for players who want to capitalize on the opportunity to get adjusted to the college classes while also getting a jump on workouts that are under the direction of  the football program.

It is yet to be seen if this will allow them to come in under the 2012 scholarship cap that has been reduced due to NCAA penalties, but it certainly shows they want to play at Ohio State and they want to win.

“I wanted to get started with classes and get ahead with the conditioning drills,” Dunn said. “Mostly I just wanted to get here though. I want to play.”

Both Thomas and Perry have been impressed with the amount of available help and assistance a new student on this campus receives. 

“There are guys – teammates – all around who are willing to help you and give you a hand,” Thomas said. “There always seems to be a guy to call if you need an answer to this or help with that. It really helps in getting a head start and getting adjusted.”

“I wanted to learn the system, and there are lots of people here to help,” Perry said. “I also wanted to get a head start on the class work. The class load will be a little less [of a burden] down the road by getting started in classes now.”

And now that he’s seen it up close, Perry is impressed with the size of the campus, too…or the lack of its size. 

Another Star Defensive Lineman Heading To Columbus
December 19, 2011 11:00 am EST

The work the coaching staff put in this past weekend has paid off.  A trip to PA and we have another defensive end for the 2012 class.  

Noah Spence, a defensive end out of Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) has added his name to the list of future Buckeye lineman which includes DT Tommy Schutt, DE Se’von Pittman, and DE Adolphus Washington. Schutt previously committed to Penn State, while Pittman was with Michigan State, but both changed their minds this month. With the defensive side of the ball handled, perhaps they will now focus on replacing the holes on the offensive line.

OSU now has 19 commitments, including five in the past few weeks.  Spence is by far the top recruit, coming in as the #6 overall prospect in the Sporting News 125.

Dunn Restates His Commitment To The Buckeyes
December 13, 2011 9:00 pm EST

The news on the recruiting front continues to be positive since Urban Meyer was hired.  Today OSU heard that Bri'onte Dunn has recommitted verbally to the Buckeyes, and Meyer was the main reason for this.  Recent rumors had him considering other schools, in fear that he would not fit in to the offense OSU may evolve to next season. 

This caps a 48 hour period where OSU had added to their 2012 class in a big way.  Defensive tackle and ESPNU 150 recruit Tommy Schutt decommitted from Penn State and opted instead for Ohio State on Monday, according to multiple sources.  Schutt was Penn State's top recruit in the 2012 class, changing his commitment after visiting Ohio State over the weekend. Schutt, who is 6' 3" and 290 pounds, had 14 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, 19 batted balls and one interception this season for Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill.  He was also the ESPNChicago.com Defensive Player of the Year.

Bucks Get Good News on a Five-Star Prospect
November 22, 2011 2:00 pm EST

As Buckeye 50 reported a month ago, OSU was on top of his list.  Blue chip defensive end prospect Adolphus Washington committed this morning to sign a national letter of intent with Ohio State in February.

Washington was the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference player of the year. He had 90 tackles, 23.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery for a touchdown and one interception for a touchdown during the regular season.

Washington was recruited by the elite of the major schools in the Midwest and most of the nation, but in the final analysis he picked OSU over Cincinnati.  Ohio State now has 15 commitments to its 2012 recruiting class. And though it already had three receivers in the pack, Washington is the first defensive lineman.

OSU Lands Another Top Wide Receiver
October 30, 2011 9:45 pm EST

Devon Smith is running routes and making catches that make Buckeye fans say DeVier who?  After standing on the sidelines of OSU's come from behind victory over Wisconsin, standout receiver Michael Thomas announced his committment to Ohion State.  After offers from Oklahoma State, Boise State, Nebraska and UCLA, Thomas decided Columbus was the place for his future.  For those that follwo this stuff, he also happens to be the nephew of former NFL great Keyshawn Johnson.ecision. 

The 6' 3" receiver out of Woodland Hills, CA decide to join his Forl Union Military Acadamy teammate in the Buckeye class of 2012.  He becomes the 14th member of the class.

From Twitter: DE Recruit Says OSU is High on His List
October 14, 2011 9:30 pm EST

This comes from the pages of Twitter (yes I am testing the waters on that social networking outlet), bur Dave Biddle posted "As per Mike Dyer, DE recruit Adolphus Washington had 6 sacks tonight in 19-2 loss to Dayton Dunbar. Washington says Buckeyes are his leader.

OSU Adds Receiver to 2012 Class
August 10, 2011 2:45 pm EST

Pickerington is quickly becoming one of the more popular recruiting spots for Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell.  The Buckeyes yesterday accepted the commitment of Pickerington Central's Roger Lewis.  The Pickerington Central wide receiver is 6’ 2”, 190 lbs and is the 12th commitment for the 2012 recruiting class at Ohio State.

Lewis received offers from Arizona, Cincinnati and West Virginia, and several teams from the MAC, and was on the radar for Michigan State and Oregon.

There was speculation that he would commit to Ohio State last week during his visit to Columbus, but wasn’t able to connect with Coach Fickell and wanted to wait to meet with him before making it official. In the meantime, though, he was in regular contact with Coach Drayton.

He joins Zach Boren, Jacoby Boren, Jamie Wood, and Patrick Elflein, all in the past three recruiting classes.  All but Elflein are from Pickerington Central.  Seven of Ohio State’s 12 commitments are from central Ohio.

More Recruits Landed, Another Offered Scholarship
July 22, 2011 12:15 am EST

Normally you would think this to be a slow period for recruiting.  Yet Ohio State keeps getting committments despite the pending NCAA sanctions.  Ohio State just picked up two more verbals in the past week with Luke Roberts of Lancaster High School and offensive guard Pat Elflein from Pickerington North.  For Elflein, while holding offers from other Big Ten schools like Northwestern, Purdue, and Indiana, the Ohio State offer was the one he was holding out hope for.  It finally came this past week and he couldn't have been happier for it. He planned an official visit to the campus on Thursday and that is when he issued his verbal pledge to become the eleventh member of the 2012 Buckeye recruiting class.  

Not only was location a factor in his decision to become a Buckeye, but close ties with some of the already committed Buckeyes, it sealed the deal for him to join them on the sidelines in 2012. He is good friends with Luke Roberts (Lancaster HS) and Jacoby Boren (Pickerington Central).  He is also strong in his commitment to try and recruit other players to join him and his friends if they get an offer from Ohio State.  Now that he has committed to Ohio State he can focus on his senior season where he will play on the offensive line at guard, and on the defensive line at tackle.  

Also, Nick Davidson, 4-star OT and Buckeye legacy, has been offered by Ohio State. Expect a commitment by the end of summer according to recruiting boards.

2012 Recruit Defects To Michigan
July 11, 2011 5:00 pm EST

I have said it many times before, if they don't want to be at Ohio State, we don't want them here.  Regardless of what the NCAA punishment ends up being, the Buckeyes have lost one of their best recruits.  The NCAA difficulties are becoming Michigan's gain on the recruiting trail. The latest indication came Monday when offensive tackle Kyle Kalis committed to the Wolverines.

Kalis, who is rated as Rivals.com's #4 offensive tackle prospect and the #18 player overall, becomes the highest-ranked recruit among the 19 pledges received by Wolverines coach Brady Hoke in his first full recruiting class.  A former Ohio State commitment under ex-coach Jim Tressel, the St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) product was among the most vocal supporters of sticking with his Buckeyes commitment. But things got worse in Columbus and the NCAA allegations mounted, Kalis decommitted, citing the uncertainty about what sanction may hit the program.

"I can't go there and take penalties for something I never did," Kalis told ESPN.com. "Ohio State is a great program. I'm just not sure how long it will take them to recover. I want a solid, grounded coaching staff with a safe environment. Where there aren't such tough questions."

I have to question his logic if he thinks Michigan is a solid grounded coaching staff. 

Kalis cited Hoke as one of the key pieces to his decision and indicated he might not be the only recruit from Ohio that looks to play for rival Michigan.

"He is the type of guy I want to play for," Kalis told ESPN.com. "(Hoke) has an incredible amount of passion. I believe the Michigan-Ohio border is now open. I think you're going to see eight or nine guys from the state of Ohio going over to Michigan this year."

There's a bit of a range in the sites' opinions of this kid. Scout and Rivals (which, to be fair, are the most-established recruiting sites) have him in the top 25 prospects in the country, and he's a 5* to Scout and the guy directly ahead of him in Rivals's overall rankings has five stars. Taking one step back from that is 24/7 Sports, which still likes him, but not nearly as much, calling him a good-not-great 4-star, and outside of their national top 50. ESPN is the most down on him, barely including him in their ESPNU150, and ranking 20th offensive tackle.

Everyone Is Playing The Waiting Game
July 7, 2011 7:15 pm EST

The NCAA has OSU on the ropes.  The university's response which was original due this past Monday will now be delivered tomorrow, delayed because of the holiday.  The meeting with the NCAA is not until August 12th so in the meantime the coaches, the team and the fans are in limbo as to what will come next.

So are the recruits.  We have already lost one player from the 2011 class, and highly rated Kyle Kalis has already defected from the 2012 group.  Will we lose any others or miss out on unsigned players while we wait out the NCAA.  Now there are stories circulating that running back Brionte Dunn is considering other schools.  Since the Tressel resignation other schools have been contacting him on a regular basis, even though he committed to Ohio State almost one year ago.  He has already visited Michigan and has plans to visit next week.  Buckeye faithful hate to see this but can you really blame these kids.

Am I worried, no.  I know that the kids that end up at OSU will WANT to be there.

Is the Glenville Pipeline To Columbus Open Again
June 26, 2011 9:30 pm EST

OSU has taken a number of players from Glenville High School.  Some have been successful, others have ranged from bad to damaging.  It seemed like with everything that is happening right now that it would perhaps be a good time shut down that source for a while.   I guess the OSU staff did not think like me.

Ohio State added the ninth commitment to their 2012 recruiting class, when Cleveland Glenville four-star defensive back Devan Bogard pledged to the Buckeyes. Bogard attended the Buckeye camp Saturday and committed to Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell later that evening.   Bogard, 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, is one of the top defensive back prospects in Ohio for the 2012 class. 

"I have committed to Ohio State," Bogard stated Saturday evening. "I was at camp today, but I didn't work out. When I returned home I decided to call (head coach) Luke Fickell and commit. Now I can just work on my grades and get better as a player without worrying about recruiting." 

When pressed on why Ohio State was the best choice for him, Bogard responded with a simple two-word reply. 

"It's family," he answered. "That's all I can say, and it just feels so good to be a part of it. Coach Fickell was so excited for me and that makes me feel good. I'm not worried about the NCAA stuff at all, and it doesn't matter to me at all." 

The four-star safety will be counted upon to help lead Glenville this season, and might also be seeing some time on offense at quarterback for the TarBlooders. 

Buckeyes Add to Their Defensive Backfield
June 13, 2011 7:00 pm EST

With all the efforts the football program is making to move forward while waiting to hear from the NCAA, they received positive news on the recruiting front.  Najee Murray went to OSU's football camp this past weekend and was pleased too hear that coach Fickell had decided to offer him a scholarship.  The defensive back from Steubenville, Ohio, committed right away, becoming the ninth member of the 2012 class.

"I called coach Fickell after I got home, and he broke the news to me they had decided to offer me a scholarship," Murray said. "I committed to him right there on the phone."

He attended a camp at the University of Pittsburgh a week ago, but he was disregarded by the coaching staff, relegated to working with the second level players, he said.  His experience at OSU was much more positive.

Recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic said "Najee was very impressive. I'm not sure Ohio State started the day with the idea of offering him, but once they saw him work they had to be impressed with his speed and the way he covered people."

Murray also received offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Indiana, Kent State,  Miami(OH), and Ohio.

OSU Adds a Safety to the Class of 2012
June 1, 2011 7:00 pm EST

In spite of all the negativity surrounding the Buckeye program these days, there was a bright spot this afternoon.  Safety Tyvis Powell of Bedford Ohio, made his verbal commitment to the 2012 OSU recruiting class.  He is the eighth student added to the class. 

The 6' 3", 180 lbs Powell was also considering West Virginia, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Syracuse.

Tight End Decides on Ohio State
May 18, 2011 10:30 pm EST

Blake Thomas, a tight end from Cleveland is the seventh and latest commitment to Ohio State's 2012 class according to the post from Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, and his pledge came with an exclamation point.

"I've grown up watching OSU and I've always loved the team," Thomas said by text message. "Once I got down there the people were great, and the academics and facilities matched what I was looking for.  That plus the distance factor helped in persuading me to commit. After I saw that OSU was everything I was looking for, I didn't see any reason to wait to commit."
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Thomas likely will be the last tight end added to this class, which is expected to number about 18 players in February. OSU signed two tight ends in the 2011 class, Nick Vannett of Westerville (Central) and Jeff Heuerman of Naples (Collier), FL. Heuerman enrolled in January, while Vannett will arrive in June.

Upper Arlington Star Commits
April 27, 2011 6:15 pm EST

Frank Epitropoulos of Upper Arlington, became the sixth member of the 2012 class according to recruiting sources. A wide receiver and punter, he is the son of John Epitropoulos, who lettered for Ohio State from 1978-80.

"I chose OSU because I believe that is the best football program in the country with a great coaching staff," Frank Epitropoulos said. "I feel like I can help them at wide receiver and occasionally punting."

At 6 feet 3 and 195 pounds, he is adept at both. Epitropoulos is considered an outstanding overall athlete by Rivals.com, he has been timed at 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has a 41-inch vertical leap.

"He is one of the top 15 prospects in Ohio," said veteran recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic of billkurelicrecruiting.com. "This gives Ohio State really two players in one, because he is an outstanding receiver and one of the top punters in the state."
OSU Offers Scholarship to Offensive Lineman
February 2, 2011 2:00 pm EST

Even though all the attention is on the 2011 class today, Ohio State is already moving on 2012 recruits. They have just offered Minnesota OT Jonah Pirsigh, who has also received offers from Iowa and Wisconsin.

Four Star Running Back Commits to Ohio State
September 27, 2010 5:30 pm EST

Ohio State offered junior Bri'onte Dunn a scholarship offer back on September 15th.  Today, the GlenOak running back announced his intentions to attend Ohio State University. This four star athlete is he second running back in the Buckeye recruiting class of 2012.

Dunn had also received offers from Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.

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2012 Class Commitments
Player    Position    Height    Weight    (School)Hometown  (Committed)

**** Warren Ball RB  6-2  200  (DeSales) Columbus,OH (9/1/10)
**** Devan Bogard S  6-1  175  (Glenville) Cleveland,OH (6/25/11)
*** Jacoby Boren OG  6-2  273  (Central) Pickerington,OH (12/3/10)
**** Taylor Decker OT  6-8  288  (Butler) Vandalia,OH (1/15/12)
**** Kyle Dodson OT  6-6  310  (Cleveland Heights) University Hts,OH (2/1/12)
 ***** Brionte Dunn RB  6-1  220  (GlenOak) Canton,OH (9/27/10)
*** Pat Elflein OG  6-3  225  (North) Pickerington,OH (7/20/11)
*** Frank Epitropoulos WR/PB  6-3  195  (Upper Arlington) Columbus,OH (4/26/11)
   *** Cardale Jones QB  6-5  220  (Glenville) Cleveland,OH (1/28/11)
   *** Jamal Marcus DE  6-3  245  (Hillside) Durham,NC (2/1/12)
      *** Najee Murray DB  5-11  172  (Steubenville) Steubenville,OH (6/13/11)
*** Joey O'Conner OT  6-4  295  (Windsor) Windsor,OH (1/17/12)
**** David Perkins LB  6-2  210  (Washignton) South Bend,IN (1/18/12)
**** Joshua Perry LB  6-3  225  (Olentangy) Lewis Center,OH (6/29/10)
**** Se'Von Pittman DE  6-4  260  (McKinley) Canton,OH (12/12/10)
*** Tyvis Powell S  6-3  180  (Bedford) Bedford,OH (6/1/11)
**** Armani Reeves CB  5-10 185  (Catholic Memorial) West Roxbury,MA (1/29/12)
*** Luke Roberts LB  6-2  225  (Lancaster) Lancaster,OH (7/14/11)
***** Tommy Schutt DT  6-3  290  (Glenbard West) Glen Ellyn, IL (12/12/11)
***** Noah Spence DE  6-4  245  (Bishop McDevitt) Harrisburg, PA (12/18/11)
** Ricquan Southward WR  6-1  190  (Lakeland) Lakeland, FL (11/27/11)
*** Blake Thomas TE  6-4  240  (St. Ignatius) Cleveland,OH (5/17/11)
*** Michael Thomas WR  6-3  195  (Fork Union) Woodland Hills,CA (10/30/11)
***** Adolphus Washington DE  6-6  240  (Taft) Cincinnati, OH (11/22/11)
***** Camren Williams LB  6-2  200  (Catholic Memorial) West Roxbury, MA (1/20/12)

 ***** Kyle Kalis OT  6-5  305  (St Edward) Lakewood,OH (9/17/10) (Decommitted)
 *** Roger Lewis WR  6-0  185  (Central) Pickerington,OH (8/9/11) (Withdrawn)