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Ohio State among leaders for 2 defensive linemen

Could the Buckeyes add even more talent upfront to their 2018 class?

Micah Parsons
Student Sports

After picking up verbal commitments from Taron Vincent and Brenton Cox, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are still out searching the recruiting trail for defensive lineman to bring into the fold.

Getting one step closer to adding more talent to the Buckeyes rotation upfront, a pair of uncommitted 2018 defensive ends announced their leaders over the weekend with Ohio State making the cut.

Parsons drops top 9

Ever since decommitting from Penn State after visiting the Ohio State University campus, five-star weak-side defensive end Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, PA /Harrisburg) has had some around the scene believing he could end up in the Scarlet and Gray when it’s all said and done.

The Buckeye are now one step closer to turning those predictions from rumors to truth after the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Parsons named Ohio State one of the nine programs sticking out for his pledge.

Joining Ohio State on the short list for the Harrisburg, Penn. native are some of the top programs in the country. Trying to keep Parsons out of calling Columbus his future home are Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan and Nebraska.

One of the most sought pass rushers on the high school level, Parsons, a U.S. Army All-American, caught Meyer, Larry Johnson and the rest of the Buckeyes coaching staff’s eyes after accounting for over 30 quarterback sacks during his first two seasons on varsity.

Buckeyes in the mix for Oweh

Parsons isn’t the only East Coast defender considering taking his talents to OSU. Picking up his scholarship from the Buckeyes staff in mid-May, it didn’t take long for three-star Blair Academy (NJ) defensive end Jayson Oweh to know Ohio State was one of his leaders.

Watching his recruitment skyrocket over the last few weeks, the Buckeyes are joined by North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Rutgers and Harvard on Oweh’s current Top 10.

A long and agile lineman, Oweh was one of the bright spots all season long last year. A mismatch on the edge, Jayson finished his junior season with 42 total tackles and seven quarterback sacks for the 5-4 Blair Academy Bucs.

Quick Hits

  • Ohio State offered 2019 quarterback Roschon Johnson on Friday. Johnson, a four-star recruit based out of Port Neches, Texas adds the Buckeyes to a list of scholarships that already consisted of programs such as Texas, Baylor, Florida, Tennessee and Oregon.
  • Fanbases at either Ohio State, Florida or Virginia Tech will be very happy on Thursday, as Amari Burney will reportedly announce his verbal pledge to one of the aforementioned schools. Currently calling Clearwater, Fla. his home, the Gators are looked as the favorite at the moment to land the four-star safety.