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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/18 - Rashod Berry update, Carter Coughlin names top 3

Get caught up with the latest Ohio State recruiting news.

Rashod Berry
Rashod Berry

As things stand at this moment, Ohio State has five commitments from prospects that are listed as defensive linemen in this years recruiting class. However, two of them could very well find themselves on offense when they arrive in Columbus. Those two players are Joshua Alabi of Cass Tech (MI), who is a possibility for OT, and Rashod Berry of Lorain (OH), who could find himself in the TE room with Coach Tim Hinton.

I caught up with Berry, who said that for now, the coaching staff has not yet decided where he will be playing but he did speak about where he may be leaning for now. "I think I want to be on the offensive side," the three-star prospect told Land Grant Holy-Land. When Berry committed back in October, this was the likely scenario, and it's a good sign that he seems to have no problem with making the move permanent and providing depth --  especially with Jeff Heuerman graduating after this season.

Watch Robert Landers commit:

On Tuesday, The Buckeyes got their 24th commitment in the form of three-star, in-state DT Robert Landers. The Wayne (OH) defensive lineman was previously committed to West Virginia before changing his mind and pledging to Ohio State. The addition of the 6'2, 295-pounder was first reported by's Dave Berk, but Landers also announced the news to the home crowd at his high school's basketball game. You can watch the newest Buckeye announce the decision below.

2016 LB names top three:

According to Allen Trieu of, Ohio State has made the top group for '16 LB Carter Coughlin. Joining the Buckeyes on the list of three for the four-star prospect is Minnesota and Oregon. The Eden Prairie (MN) prospect got an offer from Ohio State in September, a little over a month after participating in a summer camp. Coughlin has been on campus twice up to this point and has seen enough to put the Bucks in his group of finalists. Currently, the Gophers and head coach Jerry Kill, who won the B1G coach of the year award, are projected to land the in-state player.

Four-star SG to visit in January:

JaQuan Lyle, a former four-star prospect in the 2014 recruiting class who originally planned on being a member of the Oregon Ducks will now make a visit to Ohio State in the coming weeks, according to Brian Snow of

Lyle never qualified to enroll at Oregon due to some academic problems and is now seemingly pressing the reset button on his recruitment. Before committing to the Ducks in March, Lyle was pledged to Rick Pitino and the Cardinals. Now, the Indiana native is currently playing at IMG Academy in Florida. Can Thad Matta and the Buckeyes benefit from the unfortunate academic situation with the 6'5, 214-pound shooting guard? Stay tuned.