Three-star defensive tackle Robert Landers is one step closer to running out of the tunnel at the Horseshoe after signing and faxing in his letter on intent this morning. The 6'2, 295-pound Ohio native committed to the Buckeyes on December 16 after parting ways with West Virginia. Landers was a Mountaineer commit for just over two months.
From Wayne High School (OH), Landers came on strong his senior season and is vastly underrated with the title "late bloomer" frequently tied to his name. His first step off the ball is incredible and he's a kid that should flourish after being seasoned by coach Larry Johnson. With the graduation of Michael Bennett, there will be an open defensive tackle position come next fall at Ohio State. Though he may not be quite ready as a true freshman, he'll be given an opportunity to compete for the job when fall camp rolls around.
Josh Myers, a consensus 5-star prospect who is a 2017 offensive tackle commit, had high praise for Landers after they played each other this past season. When talking with Scout.com, Myers said, "It was a fun night and he [Landers] is by far the best defensive tackle I've ever played against."
You can also check out what LGHL's own Christopher Jason had to say about his game.
Robert Landers was a late riser in the state of Ohio but the Buckeyes got a big piece for their defensive line rotation. Plain and simple, Landers was unblockable as a senior in high school. He possesses great quickness off the football and practically lives in the opponent’s backfield. He shoots out of his stance and violently uses his hands to separate from offensive linemen. He has a great swim move and a violent rip move. If he can get acclimated early, Landers has a chance to break into a position of need (defensive tackle) in year one or two.
Here's the senior film of your future Ohio State standout.