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4-star outside linebacker Cody Simon commits to Ohio State

The Buckeyes pick up a defensive commitment for 2020.


The Ohio State Buckeyes had a solid commitment base on offense for 2020. Now, their defense is getting packed with top talent as four-star outside linebacker Cody Simon announced his verbal pledge to the scarlet and gray.

Simon comes in at 6-foot-1, 218 pounds, and is considered by the 247sports composite as the 154th best prospect in the class, 10th best OLB, and fourth best overall prospect from New Jersey.

He holds over 15 offers, rebuking the likes of Nebraska, Boston College, Rutgers, Notre Dame and Duke in favor of the Buckeyes. Earlier in June, he took one of his official visits to Lincoln, Neb., to see Scott Frost’s program. However, the Cornhuskers didn’t wind up getting the defensive star.

Accolade wise, Simon was selected to The Opening Finals. At the Opening Regionals, he recorded a 40-time of 4.62 seconds, a shuttle of 4.28 seconds, and a 38.90-inch vertical. With the likes of Mickey Marotti helping him at Ohio State, expect Simon to get bigger, faster and stronger before stepping onto the field.

For Al Washington and Jeff Hafley, the key recruiters for Simon, the Buckeye coaches secure a big win by getting the St. Peters Prep (N.J.) prospect to commit to OSU. That prep school is one of the best on the East Coast, and hopefully, this will strengthen a pipeline to the Buckeyes.