Ohio State has been scoring some victories on the recruiting trail lately. Coach Urban Meyer has been especially busy this past week, and part of the fun of this busy time has been reading what the local reporters have to say about the star high schoolers who will be playing their college ball at the Shoe.
It started when Elyria’s Tracy Sprinkle verbally committed one week ago today. The Chronicle-Telegram says Sprinkle’s future position coach, Mike Vrabel, did not have a subtle reaction to the news that Sprinkle had decided to play for the Buckeyes.
The most notable acquisition to the recruiting class of 2013 might be one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, J.T. Barrett, who verbally committed to the Scarlet and Gray on April 18. His local paper, the Times Record News, describes how he was convinced to come to Columbus…by someone who admits playing for Meyer made him want to transfer.
It continued when linebacker Alex Anzalone said he wanted to join the Buckeyes. He told the Reading Eagle he needed to be sure OSU’s business school was a fit first. Turns out it’s such a good fit, that Anzalone will graduate high school early and arrive in central Ohio this upcoming January.
The defense got even more of a lift when Joey Bosa jumped aboard the recruiting class. He told the Sun Sentinel the special feeling he had after first visiting Ohio State never went away. He’s also the son of Miami Dolphins defensive end John Bosa.
And finally, another defensive end, Lewis Neal became the 13th recruit in the class of 2013. His commitment is recent enough that the story regarding it is still behind a pay wall at The Wilson Times.
It is interesting to note, however, that Neal told ESPN that what attracted him to Ohio State was the chance to play the hybrid linebacker/defensive line or “viper” position because he feels that will prepare him for the NFL. He also wanted to make sure he wasn’t playing too close to his hometown in North Carolina for that same reason.