Verbal Commitment List
(Player's whose names
are in red have signed and returned a letter of intent)
||Considered the number
one overall prospect in the state of Ohio this year by Bill Kurelic
of Ohio Football Recruiting News. A dominant player that
led his team to the Division IV finals last season. Injured his
knee near the end of his junior season and had surgery. Has a
3.0 GPA. Was the first player to commit to the Buckeyes for this
class. Also considered Penn State, Indiana and Michigan.
||Rated the top offensive
line prospect in Ohio this year, and the number nine prospect
overall by Bill Kurelic of Ohio Football Recruiting News.
Has been his high school team's starting center and long
snapper since his sophomore season. Has a 3.6 GPA. Has wanted
to attend Ohio State since he was in the third grade.
||Big guy that impressed the OSU coaching
staff with his agility and quickness at the OSU summer camp. Caught
24 passes for 450 yards and 6 TDs as a junior. Also made 76 tackles
as a linebacker. 2.6 GPA and 19 on the SAT. Will probably play
offense in college.
|Considered the top OL line prospect
in the state of Indiana and one of the top five players overall
in the Hoosier state. Recruited by several Big Ten schools including
Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan. Probably
an OT candiate. Good size and athleticism. Attended the OSU camp
and impressed the OSU staff enough there that they offered him
a scholarship. Commited after attending Michigan's camp.
||Considered by McCallister Scouting
Services to be the top overall talent in the state of Ohio this
year. Outstanding safety prospect with great bloodlines. Uncles
Ken Kuhn and Tim Fox are former Buckeye standouts, and brother
Derek was a starting safety at Penn State. Chose OSU over Penn
State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami, and others. A top 100 player.
||Upper Arlington, Ohio
||One of the top overall prospects
in Ohio this year, and a top 100 prospect nationally. Big frame
that that will probably allow him to get bigger to go with great
speed and athleticism. Registered 115 tackles as a junior, including
25 tackles for loss, 18 of which were sacks. Outstanding student
whose father is on the OSU faculty. Could have gone anywhere,
but Chose OSU over Michigan and Stanford.
||Considered by most to be the top
WR prospect in the state of Ohio this year, and in the top 5 or
10 receivers nationally. Caught 80 passes as a junior, averaging
over 15 yards per catch. Has run a 10.7 100 meters. Not only makes the catch but has
tremendous instincts after he makes the catch. Probably a top
100 player nationally. Could have gone to school anywhere, but
chose the Buckeyes.
||Played both linebacker
and fullback his senior season after playing linebacker and wing
back his junior season. Was recruited by Ohio State as a fullback.
Gained over 700 yards rushing by the third week in October as
a senior, averaging over 10 yards per carry. Could play either
way in college, but is most likely to end up a fullback.
||San Diego, California
||Rushed for over 1,00 yards on 130
carries (8.5 yds/carry) and scored 16 touchdowns. Had scholarship
offers from Oklahoma, Kansas State, Arizona, USC, Oregon, Northwestern,
Washington and others. Chose Ohio State because of football tradition
and want to play in the Big Ten.
||Fort Myers, Florida
||Played high school football
in Florida before playing two years at Fort Scott Community College
in Kansas. Big play type receiver who is very physical and has
great leaping ability. 80 pass receptions in his two-year JUCO
career. Will enroll at Ohio State in January and will able to
participate in Winter conditioning and Spring Camp.
||Caught 50 passes his senior season
as a tight end. Needs to get in the weight room to be an effective
blocker in theBig Ten, but has great pass catching ability. Great
hands and runs great routes. Has the knack for getting open. Chose
OSU over Purdue, Indiana, Illinois and Miami of Ohio. Has the
frame to put on weight.
||Fort Lauderdale, Florida
||Caught 65 passes this season for
1,012 yards, averaging 15.6 per grab. Also scored ten times. Has
a 2.8 GPA and is awaiting his test scores. Made an official visit
to OSU back in January on the 5th. Also made official visits to
Auburn and Iowa and was been scheduled to visit Pitt but cancelled
the visit because he has committed to OSU. Said he felt OSU was
the best school for him, that he liked it when he was up at Ohio
State in the summer for football camp, and he liked his official
visit as well. Also mentioned the facilities, and said Coach Conley
was a factor in his decision .
||Played both offensive and defensive
tackle in high school, but will play DL in college. Originally
committed to Kentucy, but decided to decommit when NCAA allegations
surfaced regarding the Wildcats. Rated the best lineman in Kentucy
and the 4th best player overall in that state. 2.7 GPA and 18
on the ACT. Chose OSU over Texas, Michigan State, and Indiana.
||Made five of seven Field goal attempts
his senoir year with a long of 52 yards. Went 29 for 29 on point
after attmpts as a senior as well. Considered the best kicker
in Ohio this year. Strong leg. Varsity kicker since his freshman
||Outstanding running back prospect
who rushed for 1993 yards as a junior. As a senior, he rushed
for 2,750 yards, averaging 8.5 yards per carry, and scored 28
touchdown. Was recruited by Florida, Notre Dame and others. Chose
OSU over Florida. At one time was committed to Notre Dame but
ended up with the Buckeyes. Strong academically with a 3.5 GPA
and an 890 on the SAT. Just turned 17 and is still growing.
||Fort Lauderdale, Florida
||Strong athlete with 385 poind bench
press and 29 inch verticle leap. As a junior had 63 tackles and
8 sacks. Had offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Louisville, Ole Miss
and others. Has the frame to get bigger. *
Failed to be certified by the NCAA clearinghouse for deficiencies
in core courses. Plans to attend a prep school or junior college.
Still intends to enroll at Ohio State.
||Considered the top running back in
Ohio this year and one of the top ten running backs in the nation.
Considered Florida State, Penn State, Georgia Tech and Northwestern,
but picked OSU over Florida State on national signing day. Great
student with 4.0 GPA and 18 on ACT.
||Big, tall, fast, rangy DB who could
contribute as either a free safety or cover corner at Ohio State.
Did not qualify academically coming out of high school, so attended
Fork Union Military Academy for one year to get his academics
in order. Was recruited by Wake Forrest and Michigan State among
others coming out of High School. Mark Dantonio was his recruiter
at MSU and continued to recruit him for OSU. Is a dangerous return
man as well as DB. Committed to OSU in August of 2001 and will
report with the freshman on August 13, 2001. Concentrated on basketball
in high school and played only one year of football, but was an
instant standout in that year.
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