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5-star DT Taron Vincent signs with Ohio State in Early Signing Period

The best defensive tackle in the country is officially a Buckeye.

The Ohio State defensive line just got even scarier, as 5-star Bradenton, (FL) defensive tackle Taron Vincent signed his LOI, and is now officially a Buckeye.

The 6’2, 285-pound IMG Academy product is the No. 1 rated DT in the country, and the No. 13 overall prospect nationally, per the 247Sports Composite. Originally committing to Ohio State in April, Vincent had offers from nearly every big-time program in the country, and ultimately chose the Buckeyes over Florida State.

Vincent was able to lean on his dad —5-time NFL Pro Bowler and current NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent— for advice and support throughout his recruitment. “He helped me look at all the schools and figure out Florida State and Ohio State,” Vincent told Land-Grant Holy Land in August. “He helped me just sit down and see the pros and cons about each. He just let me decide from there. He was my guiding hand through the whole process and would give me advice.”

Here’s what Ohio State’s newest defensive lineman brings to the field:

Scouting Report

Meyer and the Buckeyes have landed one of their long-elusive recruiting prizes: an elite defensive tackle. Vincent already knows how to use his 6’2, 285-pound frame to his advantage, as the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle routinely showed the ability to destroy any and all double-teams in his path. He combines this consistent push and ability to bull rush with a lethal spin move, and Vincent’s ability to free his teammates on stunts could be utilized by the Buckeyes sooner rather than later.

Ohio State is always looking for capable defenders to add depth on the defensive line, and Vincent’s motor and ability to shed blocks makes him a candidate to avoid a redshirt.

-Ian Hartitz

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