2012 Ohio State Football Signees

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2012 Ohio State Football Signees
* = Enrolled Winter Quarter

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Warren Ball
6-1 205 Columbus, OH

Ball is a four-star prospect and talented power running back who is staying close to home, having spent his high school career at Columbus’ DeSales High School. The main knock on Ball has been his ability to stay healthy as he has missed several games throughout his high school career due to injury.

Devan Bogard
6-1 190 Glenville, OH

A four-star prospect, Bogard made a name for himself as a hard-hitting safety at Cleveland’s Glenville High School. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, the No. 24-ranked safety prospect in the country still needs to put on size before contributing at the college level.

* Jacoby Boren
6-2 273 Pickerington, OH

The brother of current OSU fullback Zach Boren and former OSU lineman Justin Boren, Jacoby has been committed to playing for the Buckeyes since the middle of the 2010 season. A three-star prospect at guard, Boren will need to add size to his 6-foot-2, 273 pound frame before contributing at OSU.

Taylor Decker
6-8 288 Vandalia, OH

A former Notre Dame commitment, Decker pledged to play for the Buckeyes when Meyer hired assistants Tim Hinton and Ed Warinner from the Fighting Irish. At 6-foot-8, 288 pounds, Decker is the ideal for an offensive tackle in the spread offense that Meyer will look to install at OSU.

Kyle Dodson OL 6-6 310 Cleveland, OH Once committed to Wisconsin, Dodson picked Ohio State over USC and Michigan State during one of the more fun and unique Signing Day announcements. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle out of Cleveland Heights is a four-star product with a lot of upside. He is raw, but is big and strong and moves well for a tackle his size.
* Bri'onte Dunn
6-1 220 Canton, OH

Arguably the most-talented offensive player in OSU’s 2012 class, Dunn is the traditional power running back that OSU teams have looked for in the past. At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, the early-enrollee will look to adapt into Meyer’s offense that will traditionally use the spread, but will occasionally use the I-formation that suits a back like Dunn best.

Patrick Elfein
6-3 270 Pickerington, OH A three-star prospect according to Scout.com, Elfein’s strengths include aggressiveness and drive blocking skills. At 6-foot-3, 270 pounds, Elfein still has some size to add before playing guard at the college level.
Frank Epitropoulous
6-3 195 Upper Arlington. OH Having played his high school ball down the road from Ohio Stadium at Upper Arlington High School, Epitropoulous comes to OSU as the son of former Buckeyes linebacker, John Epitropoulous. A 6-foot-3, 195 pound three-star receiver prospect, the younger Epitropoulous is also a talented punter who could join the Buckeyes’ special teams unit after the graduation of senior punter Ben Buchannan.
* Cardale Jones
6-5 217 Cleveland, OH

Originally a member of the Buckeyes’ 2011 recruiting class, Jones chose to delay accepting his scholarship and instead spent last season at Fork Union Academy. A 6-foot-5, 217 dual-threat quarterback, Jones will presumably redshirt in 2012 to give him two year’s of distance between himself and current OSU quarterback Braxton Miller.

Jamal Marcus LB 6-2 230 Durham, N.C. A product of Durham (N.C.) Hillside, Marcus picked the Buckeyes over ECU during his Signing Day press conference. The 3-star prospect by Rivals and Scout became the fifth LB in the class, and the 24th player overall. At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Marcus can play the LEO rush end spot at Ohio State or outside linebacker.
Najee Murray
5-11 172 Steubenville, OH A four-star prospect, Murray played safety at the high school level, but at 5-foot-11, 172 pounds, the Steubenville-native projects as a college cornerback. The No. 20 corner in the 2012 class, Murray will need to improve his coverage skills at the college level but could also potentially be a dangerous return man for Meyer at OSU.
Joey O'Connor
6-4 295 Windsor, CO The No. 17-ranked guard in the class of 2012 according to Scout.com, O’Connor was offered a scholarship relatively late in the recruiting process by Meyer. A former Penn State commit, O’Connor will look to take advantage of an OSU roster that will return just eight scholarship linemen in 2012.
David Perkins
6-2 210 South Bend, IN A four-star prospect out of Indiana, Perkins could potentially wind up playing the LEO position that has been occupied by OSU pass rushers Thaddeus Gibson and Vernon Gholston in the past. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Perkins still needs to add weight, but his athleticism, speed, and strength are considered his strong points according to Scout.com.
* Joshua Perry
6-3 225 Lewis Center, OH The first commitment to OSU’s 2012 class, Perry comes to Ohio State as one of the top players in the state and the No. 9-ranked outside linebacker nationally. At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Perry will join a depleted OSU linebacking corps that is in desperate need of playmakers.
Se’Von Pittman
6-4 260 Canton, OH

At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Pittman already has the size and skills to play at the college level. A four-star recruit out of Canton McKinley High School, could push for time at the LEO position due to his ability to drop back into coverage.

* Tyvis Powell
6-3 180 Bedford, OH At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Powell was a high school linebacker who will convert to playing safety at the college level. With his experience at the linebacker position, however, the three-star prospect could eventually be groomed to play the ‘Star’ position that has been occupied by linebacker-safety hybrids Tyler Moeller and Jermale Hines in the past.
Armani Reeves
5-11 185 West Roxbury, MA At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Reeves is a physical corner who was formerly committed to Penn State, but announced his intentions to play for Meyer at Ohio State on Monday. With only three scholarship cornerbacks returning in the Fall, Scout.com’s No. 6-ranked corner nationally will have a great chance at cracking the Buckeyes’ two-deep from the moment he steps on campus.
Luke Roberts
6-2 224 Lancaster, OH A three-star prospect according to Scout.com, Roberts has been praised for his toughness and ability to shed blocks. The Lancaster-native projects as an inside linebacker at the college level, which was a need for the Buckeyes in 2011.
Tommy Schutt
6-3 290 Glen Ellyn, IL Scout.com’s No. 5-ranked defensive tackle in the country, Schutt has the size that coaches dream of for their interior linemen. At 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, Schutt joins an OSU roster with a dearth of talent at the defensive tackle position but eventually in his career he could find himself replacing upperclassmen John Simon and Jonathan Hankins in the Buckeyes’ depth chart.
Ricquan Southward
6-1 190 Lakeland FL A three-star prospect out of Florida, Southward is a former Miami (FL) commit who committed to the Buckeyes on the eve of  Meyer’s hiring at OSU. A 6-foot-1, 190 pound receiver, Southward will look to contribute to OSU receiving corps that lacked significant production in 2011.
Noah Spence
6-3 240 Harrisburg, PA Arguably the most talented player in OSU’s 2012 class, the 6-foot-3, 240 pound Spence is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 2 defensive end in the country. The Pennsylvania-native will have a chance to play immediately for an OSU team that lacked a consistent pass rush throughout the 2011 season.
Blake Thomas
6-4 240 Cleveland, OH The only tight end in OSU’s 2012 class, Thomas plays at a position that figures to be used more prominently under Meyer than it has been in the past.  At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, the No. 22-ranked tight end in the country could be a candidate to redshirt behind current OSU scholarship tight ends Jake Stoneburner, Jeff Heuerman, and Nick Vannett.
* Mike Thomas
6-4 205 Woodland Hills, CA A teammate of Cardale Jones at Fork Union Military Academy, Thomas comes to OSU as the highest-ranked receiver in its 2012 class. At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Thomas has the size to replace what the Buckeyes’ lost in receiver DeVier Posey, but whether he has the talent remains to be seen.
Adolphus Washington
6-6 250 Cincinnati, OH Along with Spence, the signing of Washington will give the Buckeyes both the No. 2 and No. 3-ranked defensive ends in the 2012 class. Rated by John McCallister as the best prospect in the state of Ohio, Washington’s 6-foot-6, 250 pound frame could allow him to contribute immediately for the Buckeyes.
Camren Williams
6-2 200 West Roxbury, MA Like his high school teammate Reeves, Williams is one of four players to have switched his commitment from Penn State to OSU in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and Meyer’s hiring in Columbus. The 6-foot-2, 200 pound Williams will be a welcome addition to an OSU linebacking corps that had trouble consistently making plays in 2011.



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