Posey is first to sign on the dotted line for Ohio State


Ohio State WR DeVier Posey

DeVier Posey became the first Ohio State recruit in the class of 2008 to sign on the dotted line making his verbal commitment official Wednesday morning in a small ceremony at Cincinnati LaSalle.

Matt Natali was on hand and Recruiting Analyst Bill Kurelic takes a look at Posey's potential impact at OSU.

When the Ohio State coaching staff mapped out their needs at wide receiver for their recruiting class of 2008, the goal was to land at least three great prospects at the position and taking four was not out of the question.

In landing DeVier Posey from Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle, Jake Stoneburner from Dublin (Ohio) Coffman and Lamaar Thomas from Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly, the Buckeyes grabbed three of the country’s premier wide receiver prospects.

Posey became the first recruit in the class of 2008 to sign on the dotted line making his commitment official Wednesday morning in a small ceremony at LaSalle.

“I am part of the (Ohio State) family now,” Posey said.

The All-American pass-catcher spoke with Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel before signing.

“Me and coach Tressel are real close and it is just like talking to my coach now,” he said. “I don’t really look at him as ‘Coach Tressel’ now because he doesn’t really treat you like that. He makes you feel like you are on the same page with everything.”

Posey even discussed with Tressel what his future jersey number might be.

“He asked me what numbers I wanted and all three of them are open. I said I was interested in 1, 5 or 8. I am looking forward to getting my jersey,” said Posey.

Posey became the third verbal commitment for Ohio State’s class of 2008 last March and is part of what many are regarding as one of the top recruiting classes the Buckeyes have had in several years.

“I think it is an honor being in a class with those guys and players like that. Whether we get (Jeanette, Pa. quarterback) Terrelle Pryor or not it is still going to be a good class and we hope to do big things,” Posey said. “We are all so close and that is what makes it so special. It something you don’t always see in a recruiting class.”

Pryor, who is considering Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, is not expected to sign an National Letter of Intent today.

Posey had an opportunity grow even closer with eight of his future teammates last month participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

“When we got to the Army game we got to spend a whole week together, see each other, live with each other – and it might not seem like much – but that is how you get to know a person. It was like being with your brothers,” he said.

A week ago to the day, Posey underwent surgery on his right shoulder to repair mini-tears in the labrum and is currently undergoing rehabilitation.

“Rehab is going well. (The physical therapist) said I got a lot farther back when he was stretching me out than he expected. I think it is going real well. I will be ready to go by early March,” he said.

Posey will participate in track this spring before heading to Columbus for either the first or second session of classes.

“I am just ready for the next phase,” he said.

While Stoneburner and Thomas could be categorized as “athletes,” that is they could play more than one position for the Buckeyes, Posey is headed to Ohio State as a wide receiver, pure and simple.

The 6-foot-3 and 205-pound Posey is one of the country’s premier wide receiver prospects, and his best football in still in front of him.

During his sophomore year at LaSalle, Posey spent most of his time on the junior varsity team. He moved into the varsity starting lineup at the beginning of his junior season, and the rest as they say is history.

In his first year as a varsity starter Posey caught 33 passes for 750 yards and nine touchdowns. Posey, who also returned punts and kickoffs and played in the secondary, accounted for 1300 all-purpose yards.

Posey was even better his senior season. He caught 48 passes for 784 yards and scored seven times. Posey averaged 16.3 yards per reception.

Posey began drawing interest from college recruiters part-way through his junior football season. By early in the following spring he had landed scholarship offers from Ohio State, Florida, Oklahoma, Cal, Clemson, Virginia, Michigan State, Northwestern, Indiana and Cincinnati. The day Posey committed to the Buckeyes, March 13, 2007, USC also offered Posey a scholarship.

“I’m really excited about getting up there,” Posey said. “They’ve had guys there like Ted Ginn, Anthony Gonzalez, guys like that, and I want to follow in their tradition.”

Posey visited Ohio State with his mother in early March, and less than two weeks later decided he wanted to play for the Buckeyes.

“We went up there for a meeting with the coaches and a tour,” Posey said. “They took us all around. After the tour we had a meeting with coach (Jim) Tressel. It all went good. After that I took a little break from recruiting, then I committed to Ohio State (on March 13).”

When Posey steps on the field for the Buckeyes he will be the second from his family to play college football in the state of Ohio. Brother Julian Posey, a redshirt freshman at Ohio University, started at cornerback for the Bobcats in his second year in Athens.

The Buckeyes return both starting wide receivers in 2008, Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline. However Tressel will be looking for depth, and even if Posey doesn’t break into the starting lineup right away, don’t be surprised if he sees playing time as a true freshman. Posey has the talent and size to be an impact player at the next level and it may not take him long to do so.

The Posey File

Here is a look at Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle wide receiver DeVier Posey.

* Height, Weight: 6-3, 205 pounds

* 40-Yard Time: 4.45 seconds

* Vital Statistics: As a senior, Posey logged 48 catches for 784 yards (16.3 average) with eight touchdowns. He also had a punt return and an interception for touchdowns this year. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was a first-team pick on the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. Posey had 33 catches for 750 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior.

* Rankings: He is rated as the No. 2 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Posey is rated as the nation’s 26th-best wide receiver by ESPN.com. SuperPrep considers Posey as an All-American, ranking him as the nation’s No. 35 prospect overall, the third-best prospect in the Midwest and the nation’s No. 5 wide receiver.

* College Choices: Committed to Ohio State on March 13, 2007, over scholarship offers from USC, Cal, Florida, Clemson, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan State, Northwestern, Indiana, Cincinnati and a few others.

* Academics: Posey holds a 3.3 GPA and he scored a 19 on the ACT.

* Why Posey selected Ohio State: “I just felt it was the best place for me. I like their receiver tradition. The people are great. The coaches and players, I felt I couldn’t beat Ohio State.”

* How he figures to fit in at Ohio State: “I’m just going to be a guy that comes in ready to play. I want to be focused and ready to challenge for a spot. Wherever my hard work takes me, playing, redshirt, whatever it is I’ll keep working hard.”

* Hobbies: “I like relaxing and being around friends. I like hanging out and going places. I just like to chill out.”

* Greatest sports accomplishment: “I have a lot, but my best would just be meeting the goals I set. I wanted to be the best wide receiver in Ohio, one of the top players in the state. I wanted to get a scholarship offer from a big school. All those things are blessings and I met them.”


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