Football Recruiting

OSU in Top 3 for 4-Star DE Ani Izuchukwu, Decision Coming

Ani Izuchukwu Ohio State Recruiting


Four-star defensive end Ani Izuchukwu announced his final three on Monday and will be deciding soon between Ohio State, Alabama, and Mississippi State.

Izuchukwu (6-4 230) plays for Davidson Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. He is rated the No. 12 weakside defensive end in the 247Sports Composite and the No. 237 player in the 2019 class overall.

Izuchukwu also holds offers from LSU, Florida, Notre Dame, Clemson, Michigan, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Memphis.

In the clips below, Davidson Academy plays a 3-4 defensive alignment and Izuchukwu spends time as both a defensive end and a stad-up rusher as an outside linebacker.

Ohio State hosted Izuchukwu unofficially during a game last season and he also attended OSU’s Friday Night Lights camp in July. Expect him to get one more Columbus visit in this spring before he makes his final decision.

The Buckeyes do not yet have a defensive end committed in the 2019 class. In fact, they don’t yet have any defensive players committed.

Ohio State is considered the favorite for two of the nation’s best defensive ends, however. Columbus-area 5-star prospect Zach Harrison (6-6 240) is the No.1 weakside defensive end in the nation. He visited OSU in February, and was at Michigan and Clemson last month. He has scheduled an official visit to Penn State for next weekend according to 247Sports.

The Buckeyes are also heavily involved with Mentor defensive end Noah Potter. Potter (6-5 250) is the brother of Micah Potter, a center on the OSU men’s basketball team. Noah Potter is ranked the No. 20 strongside defensive end in the 2019 class and holds offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Penn State, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Michigan.

Ani Izuchukwu Highlights

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