Football Recruiting

Nation’s Top Inside Linebacker Reid Carrico Commits To Ohio State

Ohio State football recruiting Reid Carrico

Reid Carrico, a linebacker from Ironton, Ohio, just committed to Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class. He tweeted out the news early Tuesday morning.

Carrico is a 4-star prospect. He’s the top inside linebacker in the nation according to 247 Sports, and the No. 34 player overall in his class.

In the 247 Composite, he’s 126th overall in the nation, ranked as the No. 3 inside linebacker in the 2021 class, the 5th-best player in the state of Ohio.

He picked the Bucks over offers from basically every national power, including Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame, as well as regional programs like Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State.

The Buckeyes now hold five commitments for the 2021 class, including four of the top five players in the state of Ohio.

When he signs, he will be the first Buckeye from Lawrence County since Marcus Williams in 2009.

Carrico still has two more years of high school left, but early indications are he could profile as a WILL or MIKE linebacker for the Buckeyes. Those are the positions currently manned by players like Malik Harrison, Tuf Borland, and Baron Browning.

He plays both linebacker and running back for Ironton. Carrico rushed for 39 yards and had a 45-yard touchdown reception in the Tigers’ win over Russell last Friday.

His sophomore season highlights show Carrico as a bruising runner. There’s not a lot of subtlety to his game on offense – when he runs, he hits like a linebacker.

So it’s not too surprising that his defensive highlights showcase the same blend of quickness, strength, and big hits.

His high school highlight reel is somewhat similar to Cade Stover, a freshman linebacker on the 2019 Buckeye team who split time between running back and big-hitting safety at the high school level.

With Carrico, DE Jack Sawyer, OL Ben Christman, and WR Jayden Ballard now committed for 2021, the Buckeyes can shift their focus in-state to players like WR Lorenzo Styles and DE Najee Story, as Ryan Day’s staff continues to lock down the top players in Ohio.

You can watch Carrico’s sophomore season highlights below.

6 Responses

  1. Love their uniforms, reminds me watching Jim Brown footage. His grit, tenacity and talent echoes back to another stellar OSU linebacker to come out of another hot bed area of loyal OSU Fb, Massilon and his name was Chris Spielman.

  2. I’ve seen this kid play Ironton scrimmaged my high school Jackson and then went down to Ironton to watch them play Wheelersburg week 1 he is the real deal a ferocious hitter with good speed and instincts roams sideline to sideline and a sure tackler only thing he needs is about 15-20 pounds to his lean frame which I’m sure he’ll do in the next couple years

  3. I don’t know, no one knows, but after listen’s to Coach Day’s comments about the 1st 2 wks of this season, and his command of the leadership quality one expects out of a coach, THE Ohio State University really has a great person at the helm. The man breathes confidence, and his crisp, no nonsense answers to questions, is really remarkable.No wonder Reid Carrico chose tOSU. Who wouldn’t want to play for such excellence both as a coach, as a leader of young people to become their best, and a person of high values that respects and treats his team, other coaches, and support staff with worth and dignity. Welcome Reid, and to all the other young players out there who want to be part of greatness.

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  5. I love Day’s recruiting philosophy. The top 10 to 15 in Ohio should usually yield 10 to 12 very good players. If you use that as the base of your class you can then go National…its a very sustainable strategy.

  6. It seems we might not suspect there could be a difference…

    between a ‘commitment’ and a ‘lock’.

    May i offer one up for critique,,, be cause it could be of some importance for all of us Buckeyes?

    Commitment: meaningless absent definition of an attitudinal, moral value, eg ‘honesty’. Therefore, meaning depends on each committer, from the point of committing on… ‘for the duration’.

    Lock: an inanimate object with certain tangible characteristics, where any use of said object reflects on & reveals about the user, not the object.

    Human nature application significance: most of us, most of the time, ‘lock up’ someone else to something we want, feel,say. As compared to ‘lock’ my self into doing what I say, ie ‘commit’ to doing.

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