As we've stated on Land-Grant Holy Land a number of times, closing the gates around the state of Ohio from other major programs is now one of the top priorities of Urban Meyer, and the rest of the Buckeye football coaching staff while out on the recruiting trail.
After landing verbal pledges from 2016 Maple Heights H-Back Kierre Hawkins, and one time Florida commit Jerome Baker over the last few days, Meyer and his crew have struck gold once again by locking up another of Ohio's top overall prospects.
Selecting OSU over Michigan State, and Iowa, after working his tail off in the classroom to become elgible to play on the college level, three-star class of 2015 recruit Rashod Berry of Lorain Digital High School is the latest recruit to join the Elite '15.
Looked by many as one of the top overall defensive ends in Ohio, Berry is going to join the Buckeyes as an athlete, like Sam Hubbard in 2014. Looking to stock pile talent, and add much needed depth to the roster, Rashod could end up helping the OSU defense at end, or linebacker. Blessed with solid speed, there is also a chance you could see him on the offensive side of the ball playing tight end.
Land-Grant Holy Land football writer Christopher Jason had the following to say on the newest future Buckeye:
"Rashod Berry is a tall (6'5) yet lean (230 pounds) defensive end right now. He needs to fill out, and will likely take a redshirt season to develop his body.
Berry has long arms, which he uses to his advantage to free himself up from offensive linemen. He lacks power right now, and is not much of a bull rusher even at the high school level. He needs to create a pass rush arsenal since he lacks any type of pass rush plan. He displays a good moter, and does pretty well in the run game, even showing range to the sideline on a couple plays.
Overall, I think Berry is a rising three-star prospect who may have an impact on the defensive line rotation once he bulks up and fills out his lengthy frame."
Following what Christopher Jason said, Berry could find himself behind the eight ball when it comes to early playing time once he joins the Bucks. With many linemen, linebackers, and with the recent focus on the H-Back tight end role, being used on special teams could be the best bet for Rashod to see the field in the Scarlet and Gray next season.
With just a few spots left in the OSU 2015 class, the Buckeyes finally find themselves inside the top ten on the 247Sports recruiting rankings. With Berry now in the fold, Ohio State currently sits at 19 verbal commits, and are the number nine team in the rankings, after being on the outside looking in for the last few months.