Ryan Shazier was once a Gator commitment, as you can tell from this picture and the accompanying news story. This changed when Urban Meyer retired again. Though Shazier did not decommit from Florida automatically, he did reconsider his options and was almost instantly downgraded to a “soft verbal”. Then and there, Ohio State looked to benefit. Ohio State was still looking to add another linebacker to the 2011 class. It got its first commitment at the position from Conner Crowell, but missed on Anthony Wallace (Oregon) and could never get a clear read on Ejuan Price. After Urban’s second retirement, Ohio State was immediately back in the picture and were likely helped by the presence of Jeremy Cash as a current teammate and Ohio State pledge. Cash joined Shazier on the trip to Columbus and considered going to LSU. After returning from his trip to Columbus, Shazier announced he had rescinded his verbal pledge to Florida and would now decide between Ohio State and Louisiana State at his high school graduation party. He ultimately chose Ohio State over the late surge from Les Miles.
Shazier is a very nice pickup and is a pleasant surprise to the linebacker picture for the Buckeyes. Crowell, the other linebacker, suffered a nasty injury shortly after committing to Ohio State. While Crowell will very likely redshirt, Shazier — a December grad — will compete for immediate playing time (perhaps on special teams). Shazier is one of six commits that are graduating early, joining Jeremy Cash, Joel Hale, Tommy Brown, Braxton Miller and Jeff Heuerman. With Cash, he joins Dorian Bell/Corey Brown and Travis Howard/Etienne Sabino as out-of-state recruiting combo packages for the Buckeyes.
(Junior) film is below.