Ohio State football is no longer in a slump. After going months without a commitment (and, indeed, getting only decommitments from Lewis Neal and Alex Anzalone), Ohio State has picked up two commitments in the past few days. The first was a punter, Johnny Townsend of Orlando, Florida. This afternoon, Darron Lee, a linebacker/safety prospect from New Albany, Ohio, committed to Ohio State.
Lee, who is originally from Tennessee (which used to have a football program in Knoxville), had to earn his offer through camp. While Ohio State’s defensive coaching staff (Fickell, in particular) liked Lee, the Buckeyes also have players like Vonn Bell on their board and have limited scholarships to use for this recruiting class. After a standout performance at the Senior Advanced Camp, which saw him perform every bit as well as the highly touted Bell, Ohio State eventually sent a committable offer to Lee. Lee accepted on the spot.
Lee is the usual high school standout, playing anything and everything for his New Albany team. He projects either as a linebacker or safety for Ohio State, possibly its nickelback that it likes against spread teams. Lee also had offers from Arizona State, Boston College, NC State, and West Virginia, among others. Film is below the fold.