When Mark Pantoni or any other members of the staff tweet the word 'boom', you know good news is on the horizon. On Thursday, Ohio State assistant coach Kerry Coombs got Buckeye Nation on the edge of their seat after tweeting out a heads up via the social media network.
It took a few hours for it to become public, sending Buckeye fans and writers into a frenzy, but the national champions picked up a verbal pledge from one of the most sought after lineman in the Midwest yesterday afternoon.
Four-star offensive tackle Michael Jordan of Plymouth High School in Canton, Michigan is the latest talented prospect to join the Buckeyes 2016 recruiting class. Now up to 15 members, the 6'6, 285-pound Jordan is the third offensive lineman penciled in to play his college ball in Columbus, joining Tyler Gerald, and Jack Wohlabaugh, who will both play inside.
Looked at as a near lock to stay in-state, the Buckeye coaching staff recently had the Michigan native on campus for an unofficial visit which was key in pushing OSU ahead of their arch rival Wolverines for Jordan's pledge.
With Jordan's commitment the Buckeyes 2016 recruiting class has now moved past the Miami Hurricanes for the second spot in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. With several highly regarded prospects still on Ohio State's radar, a real run at that top spot isn't out of the question.
Jones names leaders
The Buckeyes are one step closer to adding another top defensive tackle to the class of 2016. After naming his leaders on Thursday, Ohio State is still in the mix for three-star Illinois lineman Naquan Jones.
Michigan State, Michigan, South Carolina, Penn State, and Wisconsin join the Buckeyes on the 6'4, 285 pounder's short list.
At the moment, the Spartans of Michigan State seem to have the inside track on Jones, who received his offer from the OSU staff in February. Still needing to get him on campus, a visit to Columbus might shake things up a bit, as Michael Jordan and countless other prospects have committed to Ohio State soon after returning home from their trips.
See what Jones could bring to the Buckeyes defensive front with these highlights, courtesy of Hudl: