Early on Tuesday morning, Reid Carrico, the fifth-rated player in Ohio for the 2021 recruiting cycle announced that he will be staying home, and will join the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Ironton inside linebacker is the 126th ranked player nationally and third at his position, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. In the 247Sports-specific rankings, he is 34th nationally, and first in Ohio.
The 6-foot-3, 225 pounder held offers from Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Texas, and nearly two dozen other top schools. Al Washington led Carrico’s recruitment.
The LB was last on campus for Ohio State’s camp in June, and showed that, while he currently plays in the middle, he has the ability to move outside if needed. He is believed to be an instant contributor once he gets to Columbus, and could end up pushing for a starting job as an underclassman.
Carrico becomes the fifth player in OSU’s 2021 class, which is currently ranked third nationally, and first in the Big Ten. He joins defensive end Jack Sawyer, quarterback Kyle McCord, offensive tackle Ben Christman, and wide receiver Jayden Ballard.
Carrico is the fourth Ohio player in the class, and his commitment continues to show that head coach Ryan Day is focused on not only keeping the homegrown talent in state, but also in locking them up early.
Congrats on the commitment, Reid.
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