Buckeyes Make the Cut for One of Nation's Top Tackles
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Memphis, Tennessee offensive lineman Drew Richmond (6-5 315) announced his Top 11 on Monday and the Buckeyes were one of the teams that made the cut.
Richmond is the #5 offensive tackle in the 2015 class per Rivals, and #4 overall tackle per ESPN. Joining the Buckeyes on his list are Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina, Memphis, Ole Miss, UCLA and Tennessee.
He is planning to announce his commitment on September 9 following official visit(s).
Richmond is the top prospect in the state of Tennessee, which will make the Vols hard to beat in this one. He has been to Ohio State a couple of times already, however, including last season's 31-24 win over Wisconsin at night.
Richmond grew up an Ohio State fan and considers former Buckeye Orlando Pace to be his favorite offensive tackle of all time.
Distance will likely be a factor, but according to what Richmond told The-Ozone back in September, Columbus is close enough that Buckeye fans shouldn't worry too much.
"It means a lot to me but OSU is not too far, you can make it in six or seven hours," he said. "My coach is from there and he drove me. He is a big Ohio State fan. I was a fan before I met him so he did not influence me to like the Buckeyes."
If you were wondering how much of an Ohio State fan Richmond truly is, when asked whether or not he wanted an offer from the University of Michigan, he told The-Ozone, "I do not care if I receive an offer from them."
That is music to a Buckeye fan's ears.
As they have with most positions, Ohio State has cast a wide net in the search for offensive linemen, offering nearly 20 tackles in the 2015 class so far.
Despite the far reach, the Buckeyes really only need to sign one tackle in the 2015 class, though they may go ahead and take two if the opportunity arises.
Senior Darryl Baldwin will be the only tackle the team will lose following the 2014 season, though a head coach can never have too many protectors for his quarterback.
Regardless of Richmond's ultimate decision, the good news for the Buckeyes is that with a September decision, there will be plenty of time to react. With six months between the time of Richmond's scheduled announcement and the 2015 signing day,misses can be fixed, and needs can be re-addressed.
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