Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are on a recruiting roll in the month of June. They added their third commitment in as many days earlier as Portsmouth (OH) Sciotoville offensive guard Tyler Gerald pledged to the Buckeyes just a day after making a visit to Columbus. He is the second commitment for the 2016 recruiting class, joining Hubbard (OH) running back/slot receiver George Hill who committed last weekend.
Gerald kind of reminds me of freshmen offensive linemen Demetrius Knox, at least positional wise, as both are guys who you know are going to be guard once arriving in college. It's usually nicer to take tackle as they can move inside if they don't work out, but I don't mind offering and accepting a commitment from Gerald one bit since he's absolutely dominating the competition in high school.
He doesn't go to a big school so he doesn't play against the best players in the state (not his fault), but judging by his highlight tape he destroys almost every opposing defensive linemen he faces and puts a lot of them on the ground. This is something I would've liked to see from Grant Schmidt against South Dakota competition, but didn't (though there's still time for him to grow).
He's already a very good run blocker, but will need to improve his pass blocking mainly because his high school doesn't appear to pass the football a whole lot, which is typical in a lot of Ohio high schools.
I really don't know how early Gerald is going to see the football field to be honest. We still have two years to make a call on that. On one hand he'll never have gone up against elite competition, then on the other hand he's dominating the competition and already has the frame of a Big Ten offensive linemen standing at 6'5 and weighing in at 300 pounds.
With the great coaching and weight staff offered by Ohio State I think Gerald has the chance to develop into a very good player down the road. I'm excited to see how his high school career plays out over the next two years.
I'm honestly not too sure how much of an impact Gerald will have when it comes to recruiting for Ohio State's 2016 class, but it's always good to get guys committed early and hope they'll be in the ear of other top targets for the next couple of years.
Ohio State is in position for two other top in state offensive linemen in the likes of Cincinnati (OH) Elder offensive tackle Tommy Kraemer and Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg. Many other top offensive line targets will emerge in the coming months as well.
Here's what Land-Grant Holy Land's Christopher Jason had to say about what Gerald brings to OSU:
Tyler Gerald already has a high level FBS body type, standing at 6'5, 300 pounds. Although he did not face the best competition at Sciotoville, he dominated his opponent and he was hands down the most dominant player on the field at all times.
Gerald explodes off the ball low and gets under the pads of the opposing defensive lineman. He keeps his legs going and drives his opponent backwards before pancaking him into the ground. When pulling, he displays great athleticism for his size and he almost always pancakes the unsuspecting defender. He also has no problem getting to the second level, as he almost always finishes each play down the field after dominating the opposing defensive lineman.
His team barely passed the ball, so it will be interesting to see if they move him to tackle for his final two seasons. I would like to see his footwork in pass protection but that can be seen at camps too.
Overall, Gerald may not face the best competition but he even as a sophomore, he was the most dominating player on the field at all times. He will only get better as he gets older and Gerald could be a multiple year starter in Columbus.