Buckeyes ink 21 on early signing day
COLUMBUS (AP) — The nation’s top-rated tight end and defensive tackle were among the 21 recruits locked up by Ohio State on the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday.
Jeremy Ruckert from Lindenhurst, New York, could make an immediate impact at tight end, with the departure of starter Marcus Baugh and the medical retirement of backup A.J. Alexander.
Taron Vincent — son of former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent — from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, will join a heralded defensive line that’s losing much of its depth.
The Buckeyes also got five-star running back Jaelen Gill, from the Columbus suburb of Westerville.
Three-star quarterback Matthew Baldwin from Austin, Texas, was Ohio State’s second choice after Emory Jones, the nation’s No. 4 rated dual-threat quarterback, flipped his commitment to Florida.
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown / Last School
Kamryn Babb WR 6-1 189 St. Louis, Mo. / Christian Brothers College
Matthew Baldwin QB 6-3 195 Austin, Texas / Lake Travis
Sevyn Banks CB 6-1 180 Orlando, Fla. / Jones
Cameron Brown WR 6-1 175 St. Louis, Mo. / Christian Brothers College
Dallas Gant LB 6-3 225 Toledo, Ohio / St. John’s Jesuit
Jaelen Gill (JAY-lin) HB 6-1 182 Westerville, Ohio / South
Marcus Hooker SAF 6-0 185 New Castle, Pa. / New Castle
Antwuan Jackson DT 6-2 305 Ellenwood, Ga. / Cedar Grove/Blinn J.C.
Tyreke Johnson CB 6-1 191 Jacksonville, Fla. / Trinity Christian Academy
Matthew Jones OL 6-4 315 Brooklyn, N.Y. / Erasmus Hall
Teradja Mitchell LB 6-2 235 Virginia Beach, Va. / Bishop Sullivan
K’Vaughan Pope LB 6-2 210 Dinwiddie, Va. / Dinwiddie
Josh Proctor SAF 6-2 190 Owasso, Okla. / Owasso
Jeremy Ruckert TE 6-6 240 Lindenhurst, N.Y. / Lindenhurst
L’Christian Smith WR 6-6 205 Huber Heights, Ohio / Wayne
Brian Snead RB 5-11 200 Seffner, Fla. / Armwood
Master Teague RB 5-11 210 Murfreesboro, Tenn. / Blackman
Tommy Togiai DT 6-3 290 Pocatello, Idaho / Highland
Taron Vincent DT 6-2 285 Bradenton, Fla. / IMG Academy
Alex Williams ATH 6-7 250 Pickerington, Ohio / North
Max Wray OT 6-6 289 Franklin, Tenn. / Franklin