Shaker Heights two-way road grader getting ample attention from colleges

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Shaker Heights OL/DL Donovan Munger

Like Nate Clements, Adrien Clarke and Antonio Underwood before him, Shaker Heights junior Donovan Munger is certainly a legitimate prospect with a real chance to potentially become an Ohio State Buckeye. He’ll also have other options…


Like Nate Clements, Adrien Clarke and Antonio Underwood before him, Shaker Heights junior Donovan Munger is certainly a legitimate prospect with a real chance to potentially become an Ohio State Buckeye.

“There’s
some great players that have come out of Shaker and it’s just great to
be a part of this whole experience, to have a chance to be a part of
going to Ohio State or somewhere like that,” Munger said. “It’s
exciting.”

The recruiting process is obviously just starting to go well for the stellar two-way lineman.

“I’m excited about how this whole thing is going, how it’s kind
of blowing up but not really. Not yet anyway,” Munger said. “I talked to
Coach Urban Meyer on [Jan. 6] and I talked to Minnesota and they just
offered me. So has West Virginia and a couple of other schools, also.”

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Munger admittedly was very excited to have a chance to talk with Ohio State’s new head coach.

“It was very exciting, the type of coach he is, he’s a great
coach, and what he brings to the table,” Munger said. “He talked about
getting me down there for a junior day or something like that. And he
was just talking about how everything was going to improve and how he’s
going to get a whole bunch of guys, great players, to be Buckeyes.”

Much to his surprise, however, Munger wasn’t expecting to talk to Meyer when it happened.

“It was out of the blue,” he said. “My coach had told me that
(OSU) might just come after school and I thought I was just going to be
talking to Taver Johnson. But Taver Johnson put Urban Meyer on the phone
and I just talked to Urban Meyer.”

So the whole off-season in general has been going very well for Munger.

“Yeah I’m doing good,” Munger said. “I’m just working out,
lifting and getting my footwork together, and working on my agility. I’m
really just trying to improve my strength and my quickness off the
ball, my explosiveness and my hand placement, and my footwork also.”

Looking back on last season, Munger, for the most part, was pleased.

“I was happy with just how I got better from my sophomore year,”
Munger said. “How smart I got about the game and just how I improved.”

With a 4.9 second 40-yard dash time on his resume, Munger is well equipped to play on either side of the ball at the next level.

“I just want to play football,” Munger said when asked what
position he prefers. “I guess wherever I can fit in at is just basically
what I want to do. I don’t really have a preference.”

He’s just trying to take all the newfound attention that comes with the recruiting process in stride and not let it change him.

“I’m just trying to take it all in and try to stay as humble as possible,” Munger said. “But it’s all good.”

And if things should somehow work out between him and the Buckeyes in the end, then that’s all good with Munger as well.

“When I grew up my grandparents and my dad always liked Ohio
State,” Munger said. “They always watched the games and had big parties
when Ohio State played Michigan. So it would be good though, it would be
great actually, if my whole family would get to see me play with the
Buckeyes.”

But Munger has really had only limited exposure to all that Ohio State has to offer thus far.

“I went to a spring practice when Braxton (Miller) was getting
ready to play in the Spring Game,” Munger said. “But all of our (home)
games are on Saturdays so I didn’t really get to see any games.”

Nicknamed “Blind Side” for his physical resemblance to Michael
Oher, Munger, with a 2.5 GPA, will take the ACT for the first time on
Feb. 11.

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