Buckeyes Open South Dakota Pipeline With Latest Commitment

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Football Recruiting
Buckeyes Open South Dakota Pipeline With Latest Commitment
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State landed their second commitment in as many days with the verbal pledge of South Dakota offensive lineman Grant Schmidt on Monday.

Schmidt (6-6 275), who plays at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, came to Ohio State's camp on Sunday with an offer already in hand, and following an impressive performance and an unofficial visit on Monday, the commitment trigger was pulled.

He chose the Buckeyes over offers from Minnesota, Washington State, North Carolina, Rutgers and Utah. Scouts like his athleticism and his potential to fill out while maintaining his speed and quickness.

Three of the four major recruiting services rate Schmidt as a four-star prospect, with Scout being the lone three-star holdout. Rivals tabs him as the #22 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.

The Buckeyes offered Schmidt back in the spring following a visit to his school from Ohio State offensive line coach Ed Warinner. He was clearly impressed by what he saw.

"[Warinner] told us that Grant is about a year ahead of other guys they're recruiting because of his technique and footwork," Roosevelt coach Kim Nelson told The Argus Leader.

"Offensive line coaches look at things like leg strength and flexibility, hips, ankles, and Grant passed all those tests. He can bend. He can get low. Several schools thought that Grant could play very early in college, and Ohio State is one of them. They had him high on their board and are just hoping that they can keep him for three years."

The Buckeyes would like to take four offensive linemen in this class, and Schmidt gives them a good start. Their good start, meanwhile, is Schmidt's dream come true.

"Getting an opportunity like this has been a dream of mine since I was young," Schmidt told The Argus Leader. "It feels good to see it come true."

Schmidt has been nominated for a spot in the Army All-American Bowl.

This commitment comes on the heels of yesterday's pledge from safety Tyler Green out of Maryland, who impressed enough at camp to earn an Ohio State offer, which he quickly accepted.

The slow start this recruiting season for the Buckeyes was always expected to pick up once the summer camps begun, and that has happened with the commitments of Green, Schmidt and quarterback Joey Burrow nearly two weeks ago.

With a class size of around 20 for 2015, the Buckeyes are now a quarter of the way there.

2015 Ohio State Recruiting Class

ATH Eric Glover-Williams (5-11 165) Canton McKinley

CB Jamel Dean (6-1 180) Cocoa (Cocoa, FL)

QB Joey Burrow (6-4 205) Athens (The Plains, OH)

DB Tyler Green (6-3 195) DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD)

OL Grant Schmidt (6-6 275) Roosevelt (Sioux Falls, SD)

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