Urban Meyer and his coaching staff added a sixth verbal commitment and third in as many days for the 2015 class on Tuesday when long snapper Liam McCullough pledged his allegiance to Buckeye Nation.
Yes, a long snapper!
Don’t get me wrong, a long snapper is a very important position. Whether your team is pinned deep in its own territory in a close game, you don’t want the snap to sail through the end zone. Even more importantly, you need perfection to execute a game-winning field goal in the closing seconds. Just one bad snap could dash your hopes for a national title.
It’s just hard to get excited about a long snapper.
Here’s the deal. As of press time, 247Sports.com ranked Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class at No. 41. So far. If you do the math, that means that there are 40 other college football programs that have put together better classes. So far. The top three recruiting classes on that list are Alabama, Clemson and Penn State. Yes, Penn State. James Franklin and his Nittany Lion coaching staff have racked up 16 verbal commitments that includes 10 four-star prospects. The Buckeyes have just six verbals and two four-star recruits.
Granted, it’s only June and there’s still almost eight months until National Signing Day so there’s no reason to hit the panic button yet. Still plenty of time, but things need to pick up for Meyer and his staff.
As for McCullough, he stands 6-foot-2, weighs 230 pounds, and attends Worthington Kilbourne High School in Columbus. McCullough is a two-star prospect and is the top-rated long snapper in the country by 247Sports, though there’s just four on that list. He also had offers from Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
McCullough joins Grant Schmidt, Tyler Green, Joe Burrow, Jamel Dean and Eric Glover-Williams as the six recruits for the 2015 class. So far. Schmidt decided to be a Buckeye on Monday, Green gave his verbal on Sunday, Burrow pledged two weeks ago, Dean committed in December and Glover-Williams did so last August.
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.
Including Ohio State, Schmidt also had offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rutgers, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming, among others.
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.