Longtime Ohio State commit Jamel Dean stole the headlines on Thursday. Not only did the class of 2015 prospect graduate early and receive his diploma from Cocoa, FL's Cocoa High, he also officially signed with OSU, officially making him a Buckeye student athlete.
Never turning back after giving Urban Meyer and OSU his pledge, the 6'2, 200-pound cornerback verbally committed to the Buckeyes nearly a year ago over scholarship opportunities with programs such as Florida, Miami, and Mississippi State.
Ranked the 28th best cornerback and 322nd overall prospect in the class 2015 according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Dean put a torn ACL in his rear view mirror and put together a very solid senior season for Cocoa, who finished the year 11-2.
Barely leaving the field, Jamel accounted for over 975 yards of offense and 15 total touchdowns while finishing with 20 tackles from his cornerback spot as well. Also using his breakaway speed on special teams, he had 447 total return yards, which included a 40-yard punt return for a score.
With high school now over with for Dean, he will arrive in Columbus next month and start his life as a member of the Buckeyes. Having a jump start on many other of his Elite '15 classmates, the four-star prospect will be able to go through drills with the team and play in the annual spring game. This could ultimately give him a leg up on avoiding a redshirt and cracking the depth chart.
If you haven't already had the chance to do so, take a few a moments to watch some of Dean's highlight tape, courtesy of our friends at Hudl:
Class of 2015 standouts set to announce:
Two of the top 150 prospects in the country will announce where they will play their college ball at later today. Four-star recruits Ricky DeBerry, and Nyheim Hines will finally let the world know where they plan to spend the next few years during ceremonies held at their high schools.
DeBerry, a 6'2, 240-pound outside linebacker from Virginia, will announce his plans this morning at 10 a.m. ET. OSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Penn State are the programs he is planning to choose between.
The shifty 5'9, 190 pound Hines, a running back from Garner, NC, will pick between Ohio State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia, West Virginia, East Carolina, and Florida this afternoon at 3 p.m.
Both DeBerry and Hines have the Buckeyes on their short lists, but chances are pretty slim that they end up in the scarlet and gray. Oklahoma seems to be in the driver's seat for DeBerry, while North Carolina State is looked at as the leader for Hines.
Even though the Buckeyes will likely miss out on these two talented prospects, don't fret. Ohio State are still in decent shape with a number of their top targets including defensive back Juwuan Briscoe and defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and Neville Gallimore.
- Ohio State has offered Oak Hills senior offensive lineman Mason Garrison a preferred walk-on spot with the football team, per Mike Dyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The 6'5, 280 pound Garrison also holds offers from Gannon, Malone, and Mercyhurst.
- Future Buckeye Torrance Gibson led his American Heritage squad to a Florida Class 5A State Championship last weekend. Our Christopher Jason broke down how the class of 2015 standout performed in the blowout win.