Signing Day is tomorrow! So today, we’re sharing the biographies of the four 2015 recruits who are already enrolled at Ohio State.
And stay tuned, because tomorrow, we’ll share a similar biography for each player right after they’ve sent in their Letter of Intent.
We’re ready to introduce you to all the newest Buckeyes!
Nick Conner is one of the four players already enrolled at OSU. Not exactly a surprising development. He’s a local kid with a poster of former Buckeye Mike Vrabel hanging in his room. In fact, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear he accepted a scholarship the day the Buckeyes offered. His senior season was marred by injuries to his ribs and knee, but he still had some impressive games, including a 6-touchdown performance against Westerville South. He’s expected to be a linebacker in college, though, and as a junior, he led Dublin Scioto with 119 tackles, including 19 TFLs. He also had 3 interceptions. Conner is an honor roll student. He was invited, but did not participate due to the knee injury, in the Semper-Fi All-American Game. Oh, and Urban Meyer should like this about Conner, he’s also a baseball player.
Jashon Cornell met Justin Hilliard on a recruiting trip Iowa about three years ago. They became fast friends and committed to Ohio State on the same day. And not long after he committed, Cornell was on Ohio State’s campus. He’s one of four 2015 recruits already enrolled. He repeatedly told reporters it was Larry Johnson, and his ability to get players to the NFL, that most attracted him to OSU. The enthusiasm apparently went both ways as the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Cornell was the very first recruit Johnson called when he came to Columbus. It also helped that Cornell’s aunt lives thirty minutes from the Ohio State campus. Cornell played basketball in high school in addition to football.
Grant Schmidt is the first player out of South Dakota to come to Ohio State, and was the first offensive lineman to join the 2015 recruiting class. He’s also one of the first to arrive in Columbus, as he’s one of the four players already enrolled at OSU. That’s why Schmidt jokes that he was tear gassed walking back to his dorm as police pepper sprayed fans celebrating the Buckeyes national championship. He confidently added that he wasn’t the one causing trouble. Confidence actually comes naturally to Schmidt. He was told that once he received an Ohio State offer, he shouldn’t take the risk of attending a Buckeye camp. However, Schmidt wanted to compete against 4-and-5 star athletes, something he’s now ready to do at the next level.
Jamel Dean is one of Ohio State’s early enrollees, already on campus. He paved the way to that early enrollment by taking high school classes in middle school and, later, summer school. Not surprising considering he wants to major in mechanical engineering. In a way, reporting early to OSU was just Dean’s way of repaying the Buckeyes. After all, they expressed an early enthusiasm in him. In fact, Ohio State was Dean’s first offer. What did Ohio State see in Dean? He’s a track athlete, who was especially good in the 100-meter-dash. Meanwhile, his work on the football field was impressive enough to earn him an invite to the Semper Fidelis Bowl. Unfortunately, he could not participate due to a knee injury.