As first reported by ESPN's Jared Shanker, Ohio State has added the third member of their 2015 class in the form of safety Ben Edwards.
Edwards, who checks in at 6'0, 196 pounds, is a 3-star in the 247Composite rankings, but he's only been evaluated by the three of the four major recruiting services. While those early rankings aren't awe-inspiring, many who've seen Edwards consider the commitment to be a big one. Expect his tape to be reevaluated, particularly in light of the high-profile commitment. Edwards is currently ranked as the 366th-best overall player in the class of 2015, the 20th-best safety in the class, and the 43rd-best player in the state of Florida in the class.
We spoke with Ben a little over two weeks ago and at the time he told us he was being recruited by new Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash and and Buckeyes tight ends/fullbacks coach Tim Hinton. Though he pulled the trigger relatively early in the process, Edwards first visited Columbus last June. "It was a very nice visit. I got to see all the football facilities, the stadium is big and nice, Columbus is a great town, and I got to meet Coach Meyer," he said. "I really want to get back for a visit. I'll try and get up there again this spring or summer."
On the Buckeyes' headman, Edwards added "He's a great coach. His team are always winning games and he's building the best program possible."
Edwards was also considering Auburn and Boston College, amongst others. OSU first offered him Jan. 20 and he recently received an offer from Notre Dame as well. Check out his highlights below:
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