The Buckeyes have landed commitment No. 16 for their recruiting class of 2008. Cleveland Glenville DT Shawntel Rowell called contacted Ohio State Monday night to inform the Buckeyes of his commitment.
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Cleveland Glenville defensive lineman Shawntel Rowell made an official visit to Illinois over the weekend. He didn't need to think about the trip long before calling the Buckeyes this evening and committing to Ohio State.
“I committed to Ohio State,” Rowell told Ohio High Monday night. “I called coach (Taver) Johnson and gave him the news. He was pretty happy. He told me to call coach (Jim) Tressel. I'm about to do that.”
The 6-foot-4 and 310-pound Rowell played more on the offensive side of the ball during his senior season for the Tarblooders but was recruited by the Buckeyes as a defensive tackle.
“Ohio State is where I want to be,” Rowell said. “It wasn't really a tough decision. My parents are Buckeye fans and growing up I was too.”
Rowell will join a number of former Glenville stars at Ohio State.
“I wanted to keep the tradition going,” Rowell said. “I want to keep things going down there.
“Everything is good right now. I’m happy to be a Buckeye.”
Rowell still needs to take care of everything academically, but feels good with where he is headed in that regards, too.
“Coach Johnson told me to keep my grades up,” Rowell said. “I'm not worried about it. I'll keep raising my grades and taking the (ACT) test. I'll do what I have to do.”
Rowell made official visits to Ohio State and Illinois, and also had scholarship offers from West Virginia, Boston College and a number of others. However he narrowed things down for the most part to four schools, the two he visited as well as West Virginia and Boston College.
Rowell knows he will have plenty of competition for playing time at Ohio State not only from the players the Buckeyes have landed in their 2008 class but from the defensive linemen currently on the OSU roster.
“Competition is nothing new to me,” Rowell said. “I'll just go down there ready to play.”