On Tuesday, some news dropped about Brendan Ferns, an in-state linebacker prospect who was long considered to be a lock for the Buckeyes. According to reports from 247Sports and CollegeSpun, Ferns is no longer considering Ohio State for academic reasons: despite being a prestigious institution, OSU does not offer a petroleum engineering major. That was apparently a major sticking point for Ferns, one of the best linebackers in his class. The four-star prospect from St. Clairsville is still considering schools like Penn State, LSU, West Virginia, Texas, and Pitt, all of whom reportedly offer a curriculum more in line with what the potential valedictorian has in mind.
Losing Ferns is a serious blow, as he is considered by some to be the best inside linebacker in his class. Having Ferns grow under Raekwon McMillan at the middle LB spot would have been formidable, and it's rare for the Buckeyes to swing and miss on a top in-state talent like this. Knowing Urban Meyer, Ohio State will come through this just fine, but it's still a bitter pill to swallow.
Chrisman commits to OSU
In case you missed it, punter Drue Chrisman pledged to Ohio State on Tuesday, making it the 14th commitment for the class of 2016. As of Tuesday night, OSU's is ranked the number one class in the country, according to Scout.com. Chrisman, an Ohio native, is considered one of the top punting prospects in America and holds multiple offers heading into his senior year. Chrisman looks to be the heir apparent to the position when Cameron Johnston departs. Johnston has two more years of eligibility left. All in all, special teams plays a huge part in keeping and changing momentum in a game. Chrisman put up gaudy numbers, from a punting standpoint, and should be excellent at the next level. Read the full update here. His sophomore highlights are below.
Campbell wants to visit
Meanwhile, 2016 defensive tackle Kyree Campbell hopes to make it to Columbus this summer for a visit. Campbell visited for Friday Night Lights last summer. Campbell, from Virginia, checks in at a monstrous 6'5, 305 pounds, and eats up multiple blockers throughout games. Currently ranked as a 3-star prospect, Campbell holds 19 offers, most notably from Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, and North Carolina. Though the Tar Heels look like the early favorite, there's no doubt that Ohio State has caught his attention and there is mutual interest between both parties. If he comes to camp this summer, an excellent performance may be required to make his offer a commitable one. By no means is he a secret around the country; he can play. Add him to the expected defensive end haul this year and you are looking at one of the most stout defensive line classes in the country.
Buckeye Basketball has strong class
The Ohio State basketball program pulled in a great 2015 basketball class and finished at number seven in the nation according to Scout.com. There's no question that Thad Matta has it going on recently on the recruiting trail. The final player rankings for 2015 were released on Tuesday and several Buckeyes appeared in the top 100. Ohio State won't be disappearing from the basketball limelight anytime soon.
Final Scout ranks of #OhioState class of 2015 hoopsters: JaQuan Lyle 46, Dan Giddens 53, Austin Grandstaff 56, A.J. Harris 89— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) May 5, 2015