Ohio State has become a football powerhouse under Urban Meyer. Throughout his tenure in Columbus, Meyer has brought in some of the top high school talents in the country to play for the Buckeyes at almost every position. In recent years, the talk of the school has revolved around the defensive backs, with many labeling the school as “DBU.”
However, DB isn’t the only position to thrive under Meyer and on Monday afternoon the Buckeyes added another reason as to why they could be known as “LBU” as well.
Two future Buckeye linebackers were placed on the 2018 Butkus Award watch list in four-star LB’s Cade Stover (Mansfield, OH / Lexington) and Kane Patterson (Nashville, TN / C.P.A.) Ohio State freshmen LB’s Teradja Mitchell and K’Vaughan Pope were among the finalists to receive the award last year.
The accolades didn’t stop there for Patterson, as he was also named the No. 1 high school football player in Tennessee by The Tennessean.
Patterson committed to Ohio State just earlier this month and is the No. 8 inside linebacker in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Patterson flashed his monster potential last season, recording more than 60 tackles including 10.5 for a loss before tearing his ACL after 10 games. If Patterson is able to build on last year’s totals, he could see a rise in his rankings late in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
Ohio State back on top in 2019
While Ohio State didn’t receive a commit in its 2019 recruiting class Monday, they were able to overtake Michigan for the top spot in the 247Sports Big Ten recruiting rankings. The bump in the rankings was due to four-star defensive end Stephen Herron Jr. (Louisville, KY / Trinity) flipping his commitment to Stanford.
Michigan held the overall top spot in the Big Ten with 19 commitments before Monday’s significant loss, and was the No. 5 class in the country. Following the news of Herron’s flip, Michigan now sits at No. 8 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten. Ohio State in comparison has just 14 commitments and sits No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in the conference.
Ohio State will only continue to add to its 2019 recruiting class and will hopefully see their haul separate itself from the rest of the conference. However, it looks like the deciding factor for the top spot will be highly-coveted DE target Zach Harrison (Lewis Center, OH / Olentangy Orange.)
The five-star Ohio native has long been looked at as an Ohio State lean, but following a visit to Michigan, the once-assured commitment is looking less certain. Whichever schools wins the race for Harrison’s pledge will likely win the top spot in the class rankings.