Licking Valley, Ohio, junior linebacker and running back Storm Klein has committed to Ohio State. For the 6-foot-2 and 215-pound Klein it has long just seemed a matter of time until he would announce he is a Buckeye, and that time came Sunday afternoon when Klein gave Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel the good news.
“I called him, but the first couple times he wasn't there,” Klein said. “I was kind of nervous. When I got a hold of him we started talking about the rankings and the BCS stuff. Then I told him I had some news. I told him I was going to be a Buckeye. He thought it was great.
“Then I called coach (Luke) Fickell. He was pretty excited. He said he felt like a kid.”
Klein has been a frequent visitor to the Buckeyes' home games this season and has said from day-one that Ohio State was the top school on his list. In fact Klein has consistently said he really hasn't been seriously considering any other school.
“It was a pretty easy decision for me,” Klein said. “I live in Ohio, I grew up a Buckeye fan. It's a great thing to be part of. Coach Fickell told me awhile back, if you grow up in Ohio there's nothing better than being a Buckeye. I love the Buckeyes and was excited to tell Coach I was coming.”
Asked why he waited to commit to OSU, Klein said, “It was kind of just waiting for the right time. I wanted to take it all in and weigh the options of committing early or waiting it out. I had a lot of stuff to talk about with my parents. But I couldn't think of any reason not to commit.”
As a freshman Klein rushed for 1200 yards and 14 touchdowns. He gained over 1800 yards last season and scored 28 times in leading his team to a 9-2 record. For his work Klein was named district player of the year.
Klein has been playing both linebacker and running back this season. After defeating Lakewood 50-13 on Friday, Klein and the Panthers are 7-1. Klein has close to 80 solo tackles and over 700 yards rushing.
Klein has been told by Fickell that he would love to see him play on the defensive side of the ball for the Bucks.
“At one of their scrimmages they said to watch the middle linebacker,” Klein said. “So I'm thinking that will be what they want me to play.”
Klein joins Louisville (Ky.) Trinity linebacker Jordan Whiting in the Ohio State recruiting class of 2009. Klein is one of two Ohio class of 2009 prospects to have been offered a scholarship by the OSU coaching staff to this point. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney defensive lineman John Simon also holds an offer from the Bucks.