Luke Wypler, a center from Montvale, N.J., is now officially a Buckeye.
Wypler sent in his signed Letter of Intent to join Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class.
He’s a top-100 overall player in the nation who has been committed to the Buckeyes for so long, so quietly, that his importance to this class is probably a little bit overlooked.
Wypler is the guy on the far right of the photo above, along with fellow OL commits Josh Fryar, Jakob James, Grant Toutant, and Paris Johnson.
Here’s a look at what Wypler brings to Ohio State.
Ranking: He is a 4-star prospect, considered the No. 2 center and best player in the state of New Jersey this year.
Other Offers: He picked the Buckeyes over offers from schools like Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Stanford.
Positional Projection: Wypler is likely to end up at center down the line. However, like players such as Billy Price and Pat Elflein, he could start his career at a guard spot before sliding over to center.
Commitment: He committed to the Buckeyes in July 2018.
Enrolling: Wypler will enroll at Ohio State in January and then go through 2020 spring practice.
Projected Impact: The best center prospect in the nation, the only thing that might keep Wypler off the two-deep at center is the presence of the No. 2 center in the 2019 class (Harry Miller), the No. 1 center in 2018 (Matthew Jones), and a borderline 5-star prospect from 2017 who just spent this fall as the team’s starting center (Josh Myers).
It’s possible that Myers could turn pro after this season, which would open things up somewhat. But Miller is pretty clearly going to be the next man up whenever Myers leaves. That would leave Jones and Wypler battling for either the backup job behind Miller or one of the guard spots.
Wypler is too talented to keep off the field for long. The smart money is on him earning a fairly regular spot somewhere on the line by 2021.
You can watch Wypler’s junior season highlight reel below.