After landing just three commitments for the 2015 class prior to Sunday, head football coach Urban Meyer and his staff are getting it into gear as the Buckeyes received their second verbal in as many days after Grant Schmidt pledged his allegiance to Buckeye Nation on Monday.
Schmidt was in camp at Ohio State on Sunday before making an unofficial visit touring the campus and meeting with Meyer in his office on Monday. An offensive tackle standing 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 275 pounds, Schmidt attends Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He’s the first native South Dakotan to earn a football scholarship at Ohio State.
Schmidt currently receives a four-star rating from Rivals.com and 247Sports.com. Rivals lists Schmidt as the 22nd-best offensive tackle in the country, while 247Sports tabs him No. 29 at OT.
“Since I was younger, I’ve had my sights set on Ohio State,” Schmidt said to Stu Whitney of the Argus Leader. “It was amazing to walk into that stadium and think about what could happen. Getting this opportunity is a dream come true.”
Including Ohio State, Schmidt also had offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rutgers, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming, among others.
“Some of those schools were up-and-coming programs that would have been good choices, but Ohio State took it to another level,” Roosevelt head coach Kim Nelson said in the same Argus Leader article. “Those other schools are playing for bowl games, but at Ohio State they’re playing for national championships. This is a big deal for Roosevelt, Sioux Falls and the entire state.”
Schmidt joins Tyler Green, Joe Burrow, Jamel Dean and Eric Glover-Williams as the five recruits for the 2015 class so far. Green gave his verbal on Sunday, Burrow pledged two weeks ago, Dean committed in December and Glover-Williams did so last August.
Green pledged when he picked up a Ohio State offer following football camp in Columbus this past weekend and announced it on Twitter on Sunday. A 6-foot-3, 195-pound defensive back from Dematha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, Green currently receives a four-star rating from 247Sports.com and three stars from Rivals.com and Scout.com. 247Sports lists Green as the 11th-best safety in the country, while Rivals tabs him No. 18 at that position.
Along with Ohio State, Green also had offers from Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina State and Virginia, among others.
Burrow, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback from The Plains, Ohio, who attends Athens High School, currently receives a four-star rating from both 247Sports.com and Scout.com. 247Sports lists Burrow as the tenth-best dual-threat quarterback in the country, while Scout tabs him No. 25 among all signal-callers in the nation.
Plus Ohio State, Burrow had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Fresno State, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, among others.
Dean, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback from Cocoa High School in Cocoa, Fla., currently receives a four-star rating and is ranked as the 20th-best cornerback prospect in the nation by 247Sports.com.
Along with Ohio State, Dean also had offers from Florida, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State and Temple.
Dean attended Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp in July, and made an unofficial visit to watch the Penn State game in Columbus on Oct. 26.
Glover-Williams, nicknamed “Superman,” is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete/running back/cornerback from McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, who currently receives a four-star rating by Scout.com and 247Sports.com. Scout lists Glover-Williams as the 13th-best running back prospect in the nation, and 247Sports tabs him at No. 8 among all cornerbacks in the country.
Along with Ohio State, Glover-Williams also had offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and West Virginia.