Dominating the state of Ohio is always Jim Tressel’s first goal in
recruiting. He did so last year and with another top in-state prospect
saying yes to the Buckeyes today, Tressel has added another key piece
to his 2010 recruiting puzzle. Click here for details, including video
of Baldwin in action.
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ESPNU 150 Watch List defensive end Darryl Baldwin from Solon
announced his college choice moments ago, and as expected, Baldwin is
headed to Columbus to play his college football for the Ohio State
had dozens of scholarship offers before narrowing his choices down to
Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State and Notre Dame, and then
ultimately selecting the Bucks.
called Coach Tressel and told him he is going to go to Ohio State,”
said Solon coach Jim McQuaide. “Everyone is excited. He also told the
other coaches his decision. He’s excited to be going to Ohio State.”
becomes verbal commitment No. 9 in an Ohio State recruiting class that
will likely number at least 18 come national signing day. He will be
available on Monday to discuss the decision.
The 6-foot-6 and 265-pound Baldwin is the No. 5 prospect in the state of Ohio in the Ohio Football Recruiting News Rankings. In addition to having outstanding size, Baldwin moves very well. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 to 4.78 seconds at Ohio State’s Advanced Camp on June 26.
who visited Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, Notre Dame and
Michigan this summer, plays both defensive end and tight end for Solon. His
preference would be to play on the defensive side of the ball in
college, but would have no problem playing tight end if that is what
the Ohio State coaching staff wants.
With Baldwin’s commitment, Jim Tressel has now landed four of the top six prospects in the state of Ohio.
Kurelic’s Comment: Baldwin’s commitment gives the Buckeyes some flexibility. The
OSU staff wants to sign a tight end this recruiting season, but if they
don’t land someone they really like, they can now choose not to offer
someone else to fill the spot. They can now slot Baldwin as a tight end if need be, though he is headed to Ohio State at this point as a defensive end.
Here is video of Baldwin in action, courtesy of ScoutingOhio.com.