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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Buckeyes land 5 verbal commitments

Ohio State had a huge weekend on the recruiting trail.

2017 RB Todd Sibley
2017 RB Todd Sibley

While counting down the hours to Saturday's spring game the Ohio State coaching staff received some great news to kick off the weekend. On Friday evening class of 2016 linebacker Tuf Borland announced he accepted a scholarship to play football at Ohio State over offers from the likes of Michigan State, Kentucky, and Wisconsin, where his father played.

Not even 24 hours later the 6'2, 225-pound, four-star prospect from Bolingbrook, Illinois would have company. The next prospect to join the Buckeyes' commitment party was Walsh Jesuit class of 2016 offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh.

Receiving his offer from Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff during his spring game visit on Saturday, Jack, the son of former Syracuse University and NFL lineman Dave Wohlabaugh, jumped on the chance to suit up for the national champions.

A three-star prospect, the 6'3, 285-pound Wohlabaugh was considering offers from Michigan, Minnesota, and other programs from the Midwest, but after the OSU staff gave him the chance to play close to home, it was too good of an opportunity for him to pass up.

Also planning on staying close to home for college is Westerville South class of 2017 defensive back Marcus Williamson, who closed out Saturday's spring game festivities with a boom for the Buckeyes. An OSU lean since the coaching staff offered him, Williamson finally decided to shut his recruitment down, and roll with Urban Meyer and crew over Michigan State and a host of other solid schools.

Barrow and Sibley choose OSU

The commitment train kept moving along on Sunday morning when class of 2016 defensive lineman Malik Barrow of IMG Academy in Florida committed to Ohio State while in Columbus for an unofficial visit.

Barrow, a 6'3, 270 pound four-star prospect, will fit right in with the plans Larry Johnson has for the OSU defensive line. An athletic lineman, Barrow (who had offers on the table from over 20 schools) could see time at both defensive tackle and defensive end during his time the Buckeyes.

The fifth and final verbal pledge of the spring game weekend was Akron Archbishop Hoban running back Todd Sibley.

"It just felt like home at the spring game. The fans, the great coaches, and all the other amazing athletes in the class of 2017 is why I picked OSU," the four-star class of 2017 standout told Land-Grant Holy Land.

"I personally called coach Meyer and told him I was ready to be a Buckeye. He said it made his day. He was just as happy as I was. It's exciting being a Buckeye, and I can't wait to see what the future holds," he added.

One of the top running backs in Ohio, the sophomore rushed for over 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns for the 6-4 Knights, who came up just shy of the playoffs. With quarterback Danny Clark, a fellow OSU pledge transferring in from Massillon Washington, Archbishop Hoban is hoping to turn things around and make a run for a state title in 2015.

After landing five commitments over the weekend the Buckeyes watched their recruiting classes move up the rankings. With Borland, Wohlabaugh, and Barrow joining the class of 2016, OSU bounced Ole Miss out of the third spot in the 247Sports 2016 Team Rankings.

The 2016 class wasn't the only one who watched their stock rise. With the addition of Williamson and Sibley, the 2017 class is now in front of Miami for the top overall recruiting class in 2017.

Quick Hits

  • You win some, you lose some. After visiting OSU over the weekend, class of 2016 offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg of Cleveland St. Ignatius verbally committed to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sunday.
  • Yesterday evening Ohio State offered class of 2016 wide receiver and California native Javon McKinley a chance to suit up for the Buckeyes. McKinley, a 6'2, 185-pound four-star recruit adds OSU to an offer list that consists of Notre Dame, Oregon, USC, Washington, and many others.