Ohio State added their 17th commit to the class of 2015 on Sunday morning when wide receiver Alex Stump flipped from Kentucky over to the Buckeyes. Urban Meyer has been searching for true outside receivers throughout his tenure in Columbus and Stump definitely fits the bill.
Alex Stump attends St. Edward High School in Lakewood, OH, one of the state's perennial powers year in and year out. Stump checks in at 6'4, 190 pounds and also has a recorded 40-yard dash time of 4.54. He also has excellent hands and projects similarly to what Brian Hartline brought to the table during his time with the Buckeyes. Both posses good speed, great hands, and will be reliable targets in pressure situations. Stump's size is even better.
Before his injury he suffered at the beginning of October, there was a chance that Stump could come in and challenge for playing time next fall -- he's that kind of talent. However, he tore ligaments in his foot, which required surgery, and is expected to miss the remainder of his senior season. Though it's a serious injury, it'll take time for his recovery process and could be looking at a redshirt in 2015. Nonetheless, when he gets 100% healthy, expect him to see plenty of time on the field as he's one of the few true outside receivers that will be on the roster.
There were a number of other receivers Ohio State was in on before Stump's commitment took place this morning. That list includes Lawrence Cager, Van Jefferson, and Brian Cole. Remember, Jefferson is a Georgia commit, but has always held the Buckeyes in high regard. Also committed elsewhere is Cole, but is looking around and taking visits after the issues facing Michigan right now. You figure that Ohio State will make one more big push and try and land one of the three listed above. At this point, the Buckeyes have as good as a chance as any program.
All in all, it's obviously important for Urban Meyer to keep to keep the best in-state prospects in Columbus. Sure, you aren't able to keep every single one, but Stump near fits the label "must get." He's always wanted to be a Buckeye and understands what it means to play for the state. Stump should excel after he makes a full recovery from his injury.
Ohio State sits at number 14 in 247Sports' team rankings with the addition of Alex Stump.