Growing up, there was a Smith Barney commercial that intoned “We make money the old fashioned way. We earn it.”
Today at Ohio State’s camp, Dublin Scioto’s Nick Conner took that to heart, earning the scholarship offer he’d been working toward for quite some time. And, in order to strike while the iron is hot, he accepted almost immediately, becoming the next member of the Elite ’15 recruiting class.
First reported (as usual) by Jeremy Birmingham, Conner was an in-state prospect that many Ohio State fans had been hoping would become a part of this Buckeye class. His offer sheet speaks for itself, with Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pittsburgh joining most of the B1G Ten in pursuing this high school athlete. He’s a four star recruit on most sites, and is listed as one of the top 5 linebackers in the country on several as well.
The 6’3″ Conner weighs in at about 225 pounds, and is projected in the middle of the linebacking corps. While his “speed numbers” may not be flashy, he certainly has a nose for the ball, as you can see after the jump: Read More
The Silver Bullets have added another to the cartridge.
Akron St. Vincent- St. Mary’s linebacker Dante Booker announced today that he had given his verbal commitment to Ohio State, becoming the ninth member of the 2014 class.
A 6′ 4″ rising senior, the 220 pound Booker is ranked as a top 100 player and four star prospect by many recruiting services. He held offers from Tennessee, Penn State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Michigan, among others. Dante’s father was a stellar defensive tackle at Auburn University.
Booker’s commitment leaves two major linebacker prospects “on the table”- Pennsylvania’s Chase Winovich and Georgia’s Raekwon McMillen; both of whom have indicated that Ohio State leads. He’s already made relationships with members of the 2014 class, including Parris Campbell.
As a sophomore, Booker amassed 157 tackles, 11 sacks, and 3 fumbles recovered; those numbers dipped slightly as a junior to 72, 6, and 2 respectively.
While currently an outside linebacker, his size and speed could see him develop into a rush end/linebacker hybrid by the end of his time at Ohio State. After the jump, check out why many people say that he could play just about anywhere on the defensive side of the ball. Read More
Good news, everybody! Curtis Grant is a Buckeye.
Recently named a Parade All-American, Grant is one of the top high school prospects in the entire nation. Clearly he is a great get on signing day… particularly after such a horrible finale to the 2010 recruiting class.
He chose Ohio State over Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. Once considered Florida’s to lose, the re-resignation of Urban Meyer allowed Ohio State to jump back into Grant’s recruitment… which obviously turned out to be a successful one for the Buckeyes.
Listed at 6’3″ and 215 pounds, Grant has prototypical size and could end up at any of the three LB positions at Ohio State. Wherever he lands, Grant has the talent and potential to be an extremely good defender… possibly the next great LB for the Silver Bullets.
He can make an immediate impact on special teams in 2011, and if he keeps his head on straight and continues to work hard he will find his way on the field as a starter sooner rather than later.
Congratulations to Mr. Grant and his family on joining Buckeye Nation!
Highlights after the jump.