This has been not a kind past month for Ohio State, certainly on the recruiting front.1 Ohio State lost key in-state prospects like Se’Von Pittman, Greg McMullen and Tom Strobel to Michigan State, Nebraska and Michigan respectively. Kyle Kalis decommitted and recently checked out Michigan over the weekend. He is close friends with Tom Strobel. So long as Ohio State’s NCAA issues are left unresolved, interim coach Luke Fickell has nothing to sell but optimism and hope for a brighter future. Regional schools are capitalizing in the meantime.
Thus, it’s with great joy for beleaguered Buckeye fans that Ohio State picks up a verbal commitment from De’Van Bogard, a cornerback/safety prospect from Cleveland’s Glenville High School. Far from a diamond in the rough or other expedient to put in the win column, Bogard is a highly sought athlete. He also held offers from Southern California and Michigan State and chose Ohio State over Michigan, who also offered him.
It’s also refreshing to get a Tarblooder this early into the recruiting process. Glenville has contributed a Buckeye to every recruiting class. It gave us notables like Ted Ginn Jr, Troy Smith and Donte Whitner, among others. Yet, Buckeye recruitniks know it as a program whose top athletes routinely delay a commitment until late January or early February. To my knowledge, Jonathan Newsome is the only other Tarblooder to commit well before the 11th hour. It also comes at a much needed time when Buckeye fans could use some good news for a change.
(Brief) film is below.
- I am omitting Ejuan Price’s non-enrollment. Bad news as that is, I don’t think it technically qualifies as “recruiting” at this point. [↩]