Ohio State fans did not have to wait to this weekend’s spring game festivities in order to pick up another commitment for the 2013 class. The biggest weekend in the off-season for football recruiting, the Buckeyes added a commitment from Tracy Sprinkle before the first spring game of the Urban Meyer era. Tracy Sprinkle, a defensive lineman from Elyria, Ohio, had just been offered a scholarship from Ohio State ten days prior.
Sprinkle gives the Buckeyes some option. He can slide inside and play weakside defensive tackle or play outside at that LEO position that Ohio State has. It is the latter position to which he projects. The surprise is that Sprinkle is the route that Ohio State went with for a complementary defensive end player. After stockpiling the position in last year’s class, Ohio State was never going to take many defensive end prospects. It will finish with no more than two DEs, in all likelihood. With that in mind, Ohio State fans and Wolvereenies fans alike will probably monitor the career trajectories of Tracy Sprinkle and Taco Charlton. Both foodstuff-named defensive ends in the same recruiting class went different routes, with Charlton committing early to That School Up North. Charlton might (does, actually) have the higher ceiling. However, he is largely all potential and is not an every down player for his high school yet entering his senior season. Ohio State wanted to wait and see the lifelong Buckeye fan in camp, though Charlton did not want to wait that long. Should Sprinkle succeed for the Buckeyes and add to a loaded defensive end rotation going forward, I doubt we will care.
Sprinkle chose Ohio State over offers from ArKansas, Michigan State, and Penn State, among many others. He will join Chase Farris as Elyria Pioneers on the Ohio State football team, adding to a football legacy that includes Vic Janowicz. Junior year film is below.