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Ohio State football officially welcomes in a new recruiting class today as at least 25 players are expected to sign letters of intent to play for the Buckeyes. Follow along here as we will be updating this feature as we get news of players signing with Ohio State.


Welcome to National Signing Day 2009!

This is an exciting day, certainly, as high school prospects sign their national letters-of-intent.

This is our Signing Day Tracker. It will be updated all day as players sign and fax their letters-of-intent. We invite you to check back throughout the day to see this class come together. On this page, we have bio information as well as links to stories and video of each OSU signee.

Here are some notables on this special day:

* One Still Out There – At 3:45 p.m., Memphis Harding wide receiver Marlon Brown will announce his college choice on ESPNU. Brown will decide between Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida and Ole Miss. We will have coverage of that choice on the site immediately.

* Our Coverage Plans – We have some big things planned today. We will release a feature or video interview with nearly every OSU signee as he signs. That means that today alone there will be over 25 new pieces of content on this site. Nobody provides blanket coverage of national signing day like Bucknuts.com.

At noon, Steve Helwagen and Bill Kurelic will join Mike Ricordati on WBNS-FM (97.1 The Fan) to discuss OSU’s 2009 recruiting class. We welcome your calls on recruiting at (614) 821-1460. They will be on until 2 p.m.

Here is a link to listen live on the web:

http://www.971thefan.com/

Then comes the Brown announcement at 3:45 p.m.

At 4 p.m., we will have live coverage of OSU coach Jim Tressel’s signing day press conference via our friends at Press Box Productions. We will have an audiocast of the press conference as well as special interviews with OSU coaches and players after the press conference. You can listen to the press conference at:

http://www.pressboxproductions.net

That audiocast will be archived afterwards as well. To send us a question to answer after the press conference, e-mail it to: GoBucks@pressboxproductions.net

* Class Rankings – Ohio State is closing in on a second consecutive top-five class. Some services are saying OSU’s class could end up as high as No. 1 or No. 2 in the country. ESPN.com listed the class at No. 4 as of yesterday. Here is a link to those rankings:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/classrankings?classyear=2009&classmonth=2

* National Top 150 – Ohio State currently has seven members of ESPN.com’s national top 150. That number would move to eight if Marlon Brown signs. He is rated at No. 24 on the ESPN.com list.

The seven OSU signees on the list are RB Jaamal Berry (No. 24), LB Dorian Bell (33), CB C.J. Barnett (89), DB Jamie Wood (100), DE Melvin Fellows (124), OL Jack Mewhort (126) and WR Duron Carter (131).

* Signees By State – Fourteen of the 26 current verbals/expected signees are from Ohio. The Buckeyes are signing the state’s top six prospects, eight of the top 10 and 12 of the 21 prospects, according to Ohio High magazine.

The state breakdown for the remaining 12 players: Three each from Florida and Pennsylvania, two from Michigan one each from Kentucky, Texas and Maryland. Brown is from Tennessee.

* Signees By Position – There are some signees who could play multiple positions. For instance, Corey Brown could be at WR or DB. Adam Bellamy could be at DL or OL. But in general, here is the position breakdown (excluding Marlon Brown): One quarterback, three tailbacks, one fullback, three wide receivers, one tight end, four offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, four linebackers and four defensive backs.

* Early Enrollees – Four members of the class have already enrolled in LB Zach Boren, FB Adam Homan, LB Storm Klein, OL Jack Mewhort. Three more are ticketed to enroll in time for spring quarter. They are WR James Jackson, DB Jamie Wood and CB C.J. Barnett.

* Heavy Traffic – We expect this to be the heaviest traffic day ever in the history of Bucknuts.com. If the site is slow to load at various times, we would direct you to JJHuddle.com where all of the articles and features will also be loaded. Granted, that won’t help with access to the Bucknuts message boards. But at least the features should be available there until the traffic issues are alleviated.

Below are bios for each of the OSU 2009 signees. Check back throughout the day for updates and to check out the feature articles and video and audio features.


C.J. Barnett, CB

* School: Clayton (Ohio) Northmont
            * Height, Weight: 6-1, 180
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.45
            * Vital Statistics: Barnett is regarded as one of the nation’s top prospects at cornerback. He excelled in the secondary as Northmont posted a 10-2 record and reached the second round of the Division I playoffs. He had one interception on the season. Barnett was a first-team All-Ohio pick by The Associated Press and was also a first-team pick for the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. He also played in the Under Armour All-American Game. Barnett made 59 tackles and intercepted three passes during his sophomore season.  Barnett had over 60 tackles and intercepted three more passes during his junior season. Comes from the same high school as current OSU safety Kurt Coleman. Barnett is due to enroll in late March in time for spring football.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 8 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 9 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Barnett is rated as a national top-150 prospect by ESPN.com. That site ranks him as the nation’s No. 89 prospect overall and also as the nation’s 10th-best cornerback. SuperPrep considers Adams as an All-American, ranking him as the 30th-best prospect in the Midwest and the nation’s No. 38 defensive back.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on Feb. 10, picking the Buckeyes over Florida State and Michigan.
            * Academics:
Holds a 4.0 GPA and scored a 23 on the ACT.

* Click here for video from ScoutingOhio.com


Dorian Bell, LB

* School: Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
            * Height, Weight: 6-2, 220
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.54
            * Vital Statistics: Bell was the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-metro player of the year as a senior. He tallied 116 tackles and seven sacks on defense and also had 83 carries for 885 yards and 17 touchdowns (10.7 average) on offense. Gateway ended up 12-1 after a loss to Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. He was an all-state performer as a senior and as a junior, when he tallied 120 sacks and 11 sacks. Bell played in the Hawaii-Mainland all-star game in December as well as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. He and his Gateway teammate Corey Brown signed with the Buckeyes.
            * Rankings: Bell is rated as a national top-150 prospect by ESPN.com. That site ranks him as the nation’s No. 33 prospect overall and also as the nation’s fourth-best outside linebacker prospect. SuperPrep considers Bell as an All-American, ranking him as the nation’s No. 31 prospect overall, the top prospect in the Pennsylvania and the nation’s No. 6 linebacker.
            * College Choices: Bell reportedly had 36 offers when he verbaled to Ohio State on April 21. He picked the Buckeyes over Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Boston College, Virginia, Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.0 GPA and scored a 900 on the SAT.

* Click here for video from ESPN.com | Signing Day Feature: Buckeyes Once Again Sign Pennsylvania’s BestPremium Article


Adam Bellamy, DT

* School: Aurora, Ohio
            * Height, Weight: 6-5, 275
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.8
            * Vital Statistics: Bellamy helped lead Aurora to a 13-2 record and the Division III state championship, winning the title with a 21-10 win over Columbus Eastmoor Academy. He was a standout on both the offensive and defensive lines for Aurora. He finished his senior season with 54 solo tackles, 36 assists, five sacks, 15 tackles-for-loss and 14 quarterback hurries. Bellamy was a Division III first-team All-Ohio pick and was also a first-team selection on the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. As a junior, he had 46 tackles and six sacks. Bellamy is set to play for the Ohio squad in the Big 33 Football Classic in June.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 13 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 14 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Bellamy is rated as the nation’s No. 35 defensive tackle prospect by ESPN.com. SuperPrep ranks Bellamy as the 46th-best prospect in the Midwest.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on June 10, picking the Buckeyes over Michigan State, Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan, Boston College, Cincinnati and Vanderbilt.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.4 GPA and scored a 25 on the ACT.

* Click here for video from ScoutingOhio.com | Signing Day Feature: Bellamy’s Road Leads To Columbus


Jaamal Berry, RB

* School: Miami (Fla.) Palmetto
            * Height, Weight: 5-11, 195
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.31
            * Vital Statistics: Berry battled through an injury-plagued senior year with wrist and ankle problems. He only played in five of Palmetto’s 12 games. He had over 600 yards with four touchdowns. He played in the Under Armour All-American Game in January. As a sophomore in 2006, Berry carried for 522 yards and scored five touchdowns. As a junior, he tallied 1,033 yards and had 14 touchdowns in 10 games. Boasts a 37-inch vertical leap.
            * Rankings: Berry is rated as the nation’s No. 3 running back prospect by ESPN.com. He is also a member of the ESPN 150, ranking as the nation’s No. 22 overall prospect. SuperPrep ranked Berry as the No. 25 prospect overall in Florida and as an All-American as the nation’s 26th-best running back prospect.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on Sept. 1, picking the Buckeyes over Florida, Mississippi and LSU.
            * Academics:
Holds a 2.5 GPA.

* Click here for video from ESPN.com | Signing Day Feature: Berry Has Eye On Vacant Tailback Position Premium Article


Zach Boren, LB

* School: Pickerington (Ohio) Central
            * Height, Weight: 6-1, 250
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.7
            * Vital Statistics: Boren tallied 170 tackles and 14 tackles-for-loss on the season for Pickerington Central, which went 13-1 and reached the Division I state semifinals. Boren also led Pickerington Central in touchdowns as a running back on offense. Boren was a Division I first-team All-Ohio pick as well as the co-defensive player of the year in the state, according to The Associated Press. He was also The Columbus Dispatch All-Metro team defensive player of the year. He was also an ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio first-team selection. As a junior, Boren had 182 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions and four fumbles forced for an 11-2 squad. He also starred as a sophomore at Pickerington North, tallying 110 tackles that season. Boren has already enrolled at OSU for winter quarter. He is the brother of current OSU offensive lineman Justin Boren, who transferred from Michigan last summer. Their father, Mike, played at Michigan.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 51 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 16 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Boren is rated as the nation’s No. 18 fullback prospect by ESPN.com. SuperPrep rates him as the 53rd-best prospect in the Midwest.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on April 30, picking the Buckeyes over Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Kent and others.
            * Academics:
Graduated with a 3.3 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT.

* Click here for video from ScoutingOhio.com


Corey Brown, WR-DB

* School: Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
            * Height, Weight: 6-2, 185
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.58
            * Vital Statistics: Brown is a talented two-way prospect who projects as a defensive back for the Buckeyes. As a senior, Brown was picked to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 all-metro team. He caught 42 passes for 708 yards and had a school-record 15 touchdown passes. Gateway ended up  12-1 after a loss to Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. He starred in a pair of national all-star games. He had three interceptions in the Hawaii-Mainland game in December and caught a touchdown pass in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. As a junior, Brown had 23 receptions and three touchdowns on offense and recorded 40 tackles and four interceptions on defense.
            * Rankings: Brown is rated as the nation’s No. 17 athlete prospect nationally by ESPN.com. SuperPrep considers Adams as an All-American, ranking him the fifth-best prospect in Pennsylvania and the nation’s No. 18 defensive back.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on June 23, picking the Buckeyes over West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Michigan and North Carolina.
            * Academics:
Holds a 2.8 GPA and scored a 900 on the SAT.

* Click here for video from ESPN.com  | Signing Day Feature: What Can Brown Do For OSU? Premium Article


Duron Carter, WR

* School: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
            * Height, Weight: 6-4, 190
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.5
            * Vital Statistics: Carter had 39 catches for over 700 yards and scored 14 touchdowns as St. Thomas Aquinas posted a 15-0 record and won the Class 5A state championship for the second consecutive year. Following his senior year, Carter played in the Under Armour All-American Game (two catches for 43 yards). As a junior, Carter caught 22 passes for 361 yards (16.4 average) and eight touchdowns. He is the son of former OSU All-American and all-time great NFL wide receiver Cris Carter.
            * Rankings: Carter is rated as the nation’s No. 18 wide receiver prospect by ESPN.com. He is also a member of the ESPN 150, ranking as the nation’s No. 131 overall prospect. SuperPrep ranked Carter as the No. 16 prospect overall in Florida and as an All-American as the nation’s 19th-best wide receiver prospect.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on June 21, picking the Buckeyes over LSU, West Virginia, Wisconsin and South Florida.
            * Academics:
Holds a 2.7 GPA..

* Click here for video from ScoutingOhio.com | Signing Day Feature: Legacy Carter Wants To Make Name For Himself At OSU Premium Article


Dominic Clarke, CB

* School: Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora
            * Height, Weight: 5-11, 180
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.4
            * Vital Statistics: Clarke rushed for 900 yards, scored 13 times and intercepted three passes during his senior season. He also had 43 solo tackles and seven pass break-ups as well as two kick return touchdowns. Clarke was first-team All-Maryland and All-Metro in 2008. As a junior, Clarke played at running back (837 yards, five touchdowns) and also at corner on defense (38 tackles, three interceptions). He qualified for the Maryland Class 3A state track meet in three events. He finished seventh in the 400-meter state finals in 50.0 seconds.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 6 overall senior prospect in Maryland by SuperPrep. He is also a SuperPrep All-American, ranking as the nation’s No. 27 defensive back prospect. Clarke is also rated as the nation’s No. 52 cornerback prospect by ESPN.com.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on June 8, picking the Buckeyes over Maryland, Boston College, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.7 GPA and scored a 970 on the SAT.

* Click here for video from ScoutingOhio.com | Signing Day Feature: Academics Big Part Of Profile For Maryland’s Clarke Premium Article


Melvin Fellows, DE

* School: Garfield Heights, Ohio
            * Height, Weight: 6-5, 255
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.9
            * Vital Statistics: As a senior, Fellows had 79 tackles, 10 sacks and 21 tackles-for-loss despite dealing with a knee injury most of the season. He was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division I as well as a first-team pick on the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. That senior year capped a remarkable career where he made 263 tackles, a school-record 51 tackles-for-loss, 24 sacks and forced nine fumbles. As a junior, Fellows had 97 total tackles as a junior (39 solo, 58 assists) with 23 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He boasts an 81-inch wingspan. Fellows was selected for the Under Armour All-American Game but was unable to play after undergoing knee surgery. But he should be recovered in time for his freshman year at Ohio State. In fact, Fellows is ticketed to play for the Ohio squad in the Big 33 Football Classic in June.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 1 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 1 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Fellows is rated as a national top-150 prospect by ESPN.com. That site ranks him as the nation’s No. 124 prospect overall and also as the nation’s 10th-best defensive end. SuperPrep considers Adams as an All-American, ranking him as the nation’s No. 30 prospect overall, the second-best prospect in the Midwest and the nation’s No. 8 defensive lineman. Fellows was also listed in the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest team, ranking at No. 8 in the Midwest.
            * College Choices: Fellows originally verbaled to Illinois. But he switched his commitiment to Ohio State on April 24, picking the Buckeyes over Illinois, Michigan, USC and Notre Dame.
            * Academics:
Holds a 2.9 GPA and scored a 17 on the ACT.

* Click here for video from ScoutingOhio.com | Signing Day Feature: Fellows Hopes To Energize OSU’s Pass Rush Premium Article


Chris Fields, WR

* School: Painesville (Ohio) Harvey
            * Height, Weight: 6-1, 180
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.43
            * Vital Statistics: Fields hauled in 61 catches and scored 15 touchdowns. He finished the season with over 1,200 all-purpose yards. He returned two punts for touchdowns. Fields was a first-team All-Northeast Lakes District pick in Division III and was a special mention All-Ohio pick. He was also a member of the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio first team. Fields played in the Offense-Defense Bowl in January and is set to play for the Ohio squad in the Big 33 Football Classic in June. As a junior, Fields had 51 catches for 879 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. He boasts 4.35-second speed in the 40-yard dash. As a sophomore, Fields had 22 catches.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 6 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 12 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. He is rated as the nation’s No. 37 wide receiver prospect by ESPN.com. Fields is rated as the No. 41 prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on Feb. 19, picking the Buckeyes over Illinois, Iowa and Notre Dame.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.3 GPA.

* Click here for video from ScoutingOhio.com


Reid Fragel, TE

* School: Grosse Point (Mich.) South
            * Height, Weight: 6-8, 262
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.8
            * Vital Statistics: Fragel missed some time as a senior with a broken thumb, but he played much of the year and made a strong impact at tight end and defensive end. Because of the cast, he did not catch many balls (16 catches on the year). But he was a standout on defense with 61 tackles, six for a loss, one interception, four sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and two blocked kicks. He was a Detroit Free Press all-metro team pick. Fragel started at defensive end his sophomore season and tight end and defensive end his junior season.  He caught 24 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. Fragel played in the Offense-Defense national all-star game in January.
            * Rankings: Fragel was rated as the No. 15 overall prospect in the state of Michigan by the Detroit Free Press. He is rated as the nation’s No. 48 tight end by ESPN.com. SuperPrep considers Fragel as an All-American, ranking him as the 25th-best prospect in the Midwest, the eighth-best prospect in Michigan and the nation’s No. 13 tight end.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on May 27, picking the Buckeyes over Michigan State, Purdue, Maryland, Cincinnati and Miami (Ohio).
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.0 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT.

* Click here for video from YouTube | Signing Day Feature: Fragel Becomes Latest Michigan Import


Kenny Guiton, QB

* School: Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower
            * Height, Weight: 6-3, 190
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.6
            * Vital Statistics: Guiton is a dual-threat quarterback who answered the call when Ohio State came calling late in the recruiting process. As a senior, Guiton completed 117 of 232 passes for 1,670 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. As a junior, Guiton was 154 of 291 for 2,592 yards and 17 TDs against nine picks. He also had 247 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground that season.
            * Rankings: ESPN.com ranks Guiton as the nation’s No. 51 athlete prospect.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on Jan. 30, picking the Buckeyes over Wyoming. He had offers from the likes of Kansas, Rice, Houston, Purdue and Iowa State previously.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.3 GPA and scored a 1340 on the SAT.

* Click here for video from ESPN.com


Jordan Hall, RB

* School: Jeannette, Pa.
            * Height, Weight: 5-9, 185
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.48
            * Vital Statistics: Hall rushed for just over 1,000 yards and 21 touchdowns during his senior season as Jeannette posted a 10-2 mark.  He had over 200 receiving yards and scored three times through the air. As a junior, he was a teammate of current OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor. They helped Jeannette go 16-0 and win a state title in football as well as one that winter in basketball. As a junior, Hall rushed for 900 yards and had 700 receiving yards his junior season.  He scored 32 times. As a senior, Hall was an all-state selection.  He was all named to the “Fabulous 22” and “Terrific 25” teams.  Hall will play in the Pennsylvania East vs. West game on June 19.
            * Rankings: Hall is rated as the No. 23 prospect overall in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep. He is also rated as the nation’s No. 49 running back prospect by ESPN.com.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on April 21, picking the Buckeyes over scholarship offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Michigan.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.2 GPA and scored a 900 on the SAT.

* Click here for video from ESPN.com | Signing Day Feature: Jeannette’s Hall Follows Pryor To Ohio State


Marcus Hall, OL

* School: Cleveland Glenville
            * Height, Weight: 6-6, 300
            * 40-Yard Time: 5.1
            * Vital Statistics: Hall was considered one of the top offensive line prospects in the country. He was a three-year starter at Glenville. As a senior, he helped the Tarblooders post a 12-1 record. He earned first-team All-Ohio honors in Division I from The Associated Press. He was also a first-team pick on the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. He was also a second-team selection on the USA Today All-USA team. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. He and fellow OSU signee Jonathan Newsome will give Glenville seven players on the 2009 OSU roster. Since 2002, OSU has now signed 15 Glenville players.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 3 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 2 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Hall is rated as the nation’s 13th-best offensive tackle by ESPN.com. SuperPrep considers Adams as an All-American, ranking him as the ninth-best prospect in the Midwest and the nation’s No. 18 offensive lineman. Hall was also listed in the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest team, ranking at No. 16 in the Midwest.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on Feb. 2, picking the Buckeyes over Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Michigan and Illinois.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.0 GPA.

* Click here for video from ScoutingOhio.com


Adam Homan, FB

* School: Coldwater, Ohio
            * Height, Weight: 6-2, 232
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.75
            * Vital Statistics: As a junior, Homan was part of Coldwater’s Division IV state championship team. As a senior, Homan helped lead Coldwater to the coveted Midwest Athletic Conference championship. His team finished up 12-1 with the lone loss to eventual Division IV state champion Kettering Alter in a regional final. Defensively, he tallied 113 tackles. On offense, he had 40 carries for 260 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 10 receptions on the year. Homan was a first-team All-Ohio pick as well as co-state defensive player of the year in Division IV, according to The Associated Press. He has already enrolled at OSU for the winter quarter. He projects as a fullback at the college level. He is the brother of current OSU linebacker Ross Homan.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 38 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 20 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Homan is rated as the nation’s 15th-best inside linebacker by ESPN.com. SuperPrep ranks Homan as the 63rd-best prospect in the Midwest.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on Dec. 29, 2007, picking the Buckeyes over various other Big Ten schools as well as Virginia and Pittsburgh.
            * Academics:
Graduated with a 3.9 GPA and scored a 23 on the ACT.

* Click here for video from ScoutingOhio.com


Carlos Hyde, RB

* School: Naples, Fla.
            * Height, Weight: 6-1, 240
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.49
            * Vital Statistics: As a senior, Hyde rushed for 1,656 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was first-team all-state and also won the Naples Daily News Broxson Award as the area player of the year. He is considered as either a tailback or fullback prospect. As a junior, Hyde rushed for 943 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 61 overall prospect in Florida by SuperPrep. ESPN.com ranks Hyde as the nation’s 31st-best running back prospect.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on June 22, picking the Buckeyes over Florida State, West Virginia, Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and Miami (Fla.).
            * Academics:
Hold a 2.9 GPA and scored a 26 on the ACT.

* Click here for video from ESPN.com | Signing Day Feature: Hyde Making His Way Back To Ohio Premium Article


James Jackson, WR

* School: Grand Ledge, Mich.
            * Height, Weight: 5-11, 175
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.4
            * Vital Statistics: As a senior, Jackson caught 48 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns.  Jackson also had three touchdowns on returns.  On defense, Jackson made 29 tackles including five for loss.  He had five pass deflections and intercepted a pass. Jackson was a first-team all-state selection.  He was named to the Lansing State Journal Dream Team. As a junior, Jackson caught 30 passes for 500 yards on offense and also had two interceptions on defense. He has been clocked as fast as 10.56 seconds in the 100-meter dash. He plans on graduating in February and enrolling at OSU in time for spring football in late March.
            * Rankings: Jackson is rated as the No. 3 prospect overall in Michigan and the No. 11 prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep. He is also a SuperPrep All-American, ranking as the nation’s No. 17 wide receiver prospect. ESPN.com ranks Jackson as the nation’s No. 30 receiver prospect. Jackson was also listed in the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest team, ranking at No. 9 in the Midwest.
            * College Choices: Committed to Ohio State on May 12, picking the Buckeyes over UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, Alabama, Iowa, Wisconsin and others.
            * Academics:
Holds a 2.7 GPA and scored a 21 on the ACT.

* Click here for video from ESPN.com | Signing Day Feature: Michigan Product Jackson Enrolling Early For Spring Football


Storm Klein, LB

* School: Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley
            * Height, Weight: 6-3, 230
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.5
            * Vital Statistics: Klein achieved near-legendary status as a four-year starter at Licking Valley. He helped lead his team to back-to-back state final four appearances in his last two years. Valley posted a 13-2 record and reached the Division III state title game in 2007 and went 12-2 and made the state semifinals this past fall. As a senior, Klein tallied 1,800 yards rushing and 24 more TDs, giving him central Ohio career records with 6,368 yards and 99 touchdowns. Klein was a first-team All-Ohio pick and a co-state offensive player of the year honor in Division III, according to The Associated Press. He was also a first-team pick on the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. He was the offensive player of the year on The Columbus Dispatch All-Metro team. As a junior, Klein was one of the top rushers in the state with 1,518 yards and 30 touchdowns and also logged more than 100 tackles on defense. Klein rushed for over 1800 yards and 28 touchdowns in his sophomore season as he led his team to a 9-2 record and was named district player of the year. As a freshman, he had 1,200 yards and scored 14 times. He has already enrolled at Ohio State for the winter quarter and projects as a linebacker at the college level.
            * 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. He is rated as the nation’s No. 71 athlete prospect by ESPN.com. SuperPrep considers Klein as an All-American, ranking him as the 12th-best prospect in the Midwest and the nation’s No. 19 linebacker prospect.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on Oct. 14, 2007.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.0 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT.

* Click here for video from ScoutingOhio.com


Corey Linsley, OL

* School: Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman
            * Height, Weight: 6-4, 285
            * 40-Yard Time: 5.2
            * Vital Statistics: Linsley was considered one of the Midwest’s top offensive line prospects. He could project as a guard or tackle at the college level. He boasts great strength with impressive marks of 415 pounds on the bench and 585 in the squat. He played tackle on both sides of the ball as a senior. Linsley was a Division I first-team All-Northeast Inland District and a second-team All-Ohio pick, according to The Associated Press. He was also a first-team pick on the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. Linsley is set to play for the Ohio squad in the Big 33 Football Classic in June.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 15 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 8 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Linsley is rated as the nation’s No. 12 offensive guard by ESPN.com. SuperPrep considers Linsley as an All-American, ranking him as the 29th-best prospect in the Midwest and the nation’s No. 37 offensive lineman.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on April 28, picking the Buckeyes over Stanford, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.0 GPA and scored a 25 on the ACT.

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Sam Longo, OL

* School: Bellbrook, Ohio
            * Height, Weight: 6-6, 280
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.89
            * Vital Statistics: Longo saw some varsity playing time as a freshman. He was a starter at either guard or tackle since his sophomore year. He most likely projects as a guard at the college level. Longo was a second-team pick on the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team, although he dealt with a stress fracture in his foot as a senior and was limited to six games. He did not allow a sack in the games he played. He is set to play for the Ohio squad in the Big 33 Football Classic in June. He comes from the same high school as current OSU linebacker Austin Spitler. His father, Gene, was an OSU player in the 1980s.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 16 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 11 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Longo is ranked as the No. 35 prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep. He is rated as the nation’s 27th-best offensive guard prospect by ESPN.com.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on July 3, picking the Buckeyes over Penn State, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Boston College and Miami (Fla.).
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.0 GPA and scored a 21 on the ACT.

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Jack Mewhort, OL

* School: Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s
            * Height, Weight: 6-6, 293
            * 40-Yard Time: 5.3
            * Vital Statistics: Mewhort was a varsity starter at center in his sophomore and junior years before playing some at tackle and guard as a senior. He was regarded as one of the Midwest’s top offensive line prospects. He dealt with a knee injury as a senior, but still played in all but one game. Mewhort was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division I, according to The Associated Press. He was also a first-team pick on the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. He played in the Under Armour All-American Game Jan. 4 and then enrolled at OSU for winter quarter the next day.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 21 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 6 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Mewhort was also listed in the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest team, ranking at No. 19 in the Midwest. Mewhort is rated as a national top-150 prospect by ESPN.com. That site ranks him as the nation’s No. 126 prospect overall and also as the nation’s No. 2 center. SuperPrep considers Mewhort as an All-American, ranking him as the 22nd-best prospect in the Midwest and the nation’s No. 22 offensive lineman.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on Dec. 29, 2007, picking the Buckeyes over Michigan State, Northwestern and Michigan.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.4 GPA and scored a 23 on the ACT.

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Jonathan Newsome, LB

* School: Cleveland Glenville
            * Height, Weight: 6-3, 240
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.65
            * Vital Statistics: Newsome split time between outside linebacker and defensive end as a senior. He also played center, guard and tight end on offense. As a senior, Newsome tallied 17 sacks, five fumbles caused, three fumble recoveries, one interception and three blocked punts, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He helped lead Glenville to a 12-1 record and is a classmate of fellow OSU signee Marcus Hall. He earned Division I All-Northeast Lakes first-team honors and special mention All-Ohio kudos from The Associated Press. Newsome is set to play for the Ohio squad in the Big 33 Football Classic in June.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 5 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 10 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Newsome is rated as the nation’s No. 70 defensive end prospect by ESPN.com. SuperPrep rates Newsome as the 38th-best prospect in the Midwest.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on July 24, picking the Buckeyes over Illinois, Michigan State, N.C. State and Indiana.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.4 GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT.

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John Simon, DT

* School: Youngstown (Ohio) Mooney
            * Height, Weight: 6-3, 285
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.7
            * Vital Statistics: Simon was a force on the Mooney defensive line for three seasons. As a senior, he tallied 148 tackles, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 13 tackles-for-loss and 11 sacks. He helped Mooney go 9-3 and reach the Division IV regional finals. Simon was a Division IV first-team All-Ohio pick as well as a co-state defensive player of the year, according to The Associated Press. He was also a first-team pick on the ONN/All-Ohio team. Simon helped Mooney reach the state title game in his sophomore and junior seasons. Mooney was 14-0 and won the state title in 2006. The Cardinals were 14-1 and ended up as the runner-up in 2007. Simon is quite a physical specimen. He has a bench press max of 445 pounds and has done 48 reps of the 225-pound bench. He projects as a defensive tackle at the college level. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 4 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 5 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Simon is rated as the nation’s 16th-best defensive tackle. SuperPrep considers Simon as an All-American, ranking him as 19th-best prospect in the Midwest and the nation’s No. 29 defensive lineman. Simon was also listed in the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest team, ranking at No. 11 in the Midwest.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on Dec. 26, 2007, picking the Buckeyes over Notre Dame, Nebraska, Iowa, Boston College and Stanford.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.7 GPA and scored a 23 on the ACT.

* Click here for video from ScoutingOhio.com | Signing Day Feature: Simon Brings Power, Strength To The Buckeyes


Jordan Whiting, LB

* School: Louisville (Ky.) Trinity
            * Height, Weight: 6-1, 228
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.55
            * Vital Statistics: As a senior, Whiting led Trinity to a 14-1 record and a fourth straight state championship. Whiting has been a starter for the last three. During his senior season Whiting made 121 tackles including six sacks.  He had 18 tackles-for-loss. Whiting was a first-team All-Kentucky selection (media and coaches). He was also the Bluegrasspreps.com state defensive player of the year. He is also the state’s top-rated wrestler in the 285-pound weight class. As a junior, Whiting had 116 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions on the season. He was clocked at 11.1 seconds in the 100-meter dash last spring and also boasts a 350-pound bench and a 510-pound squat.
            * Rankings: Whiting is rated as the nation’s No. 29 inside linebacker prospect by ESPN.com. SuperPrep ranks Whiting as the fourth-best prospect in Kentucky.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on Sept. 1, 2007, picking the Buckeyes over Kentucky and others.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.9 GPA and scored a 26 on the ACT.

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Jamie Wood, DB

* School: Pickerington (Ohio) Central
            * Height, Weight: 6-2, 190
            * 40-Yard Time: 4.5
            * Vital Statistics: As a senior, Wood had two interceptions and 80 tackles and also scored nine touchdowns for Pickerington Central. Wood was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division I, according to The Associated Press. He was also a first-team pick on the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. He was also a first-team pick on The Columbus Dispatch All-Metro team. Wood earned a varsity letter as a freshman. He then started at wide receiver during his sophomore season.  He played wide receiver, strong safety and cornerback his junior season. That year, Wood made 65 tackles, intercepted one pass and broke up 15 others.  He also caught 25 passes and scored eight touchdowns. Wood bench presses 300-pounds and has a 33 inch vertical jump. Wood is due to enroll in late March in time for spring football. He projects as a safety at the college level.
            * Rankings: He is rated as the No. 9 overall senior prospect in Ohio, according to Ohio High magazine. Also rated as the No. 3 overall prospect in the state, according to The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Wood was also listed in the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest team, ranking at No. 14 in the Midwest. Wood is rated as a national top-150 prospect by ESPN.com. That site ranks him as the nation’s No. 100 prospect overall and also as the nation’s 12th-best safety prospect. SuperPrep considers Adams as an All-American, ranking him as the seventh-best prospect in the Midwest and the nation’s No. 15 defensive back.
            * College Choices: Verbaled to Ohio State on Feb. 24, picking the Buckeyes over Penn State, Stanford, Illinois, Kentucky and others.
            * Academics:
Holds a 3.4 GPA and scored a 21 on the ACT.

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