It’s been a rough week for the Ohio State Buckeyes, as just one week ago the word came down that the fall football season had been canceled by the Big Ten presidents. While we have experienced the five stages of grief since that announcement was made, on Tuesday, we finally got some good news to brighten our spirits in the form of a big time BOOM!
Dasan McCullough, the No. 70 player in the 2022 recruiting cycle according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, has pledged to play for Ryan Day’s Buckeyes. The top-rated player in the state of Kansas is listed as the No. 7 athlete in the country, but his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame projects him to be a linebacker once he reaches Columbus.
Committed... pic.twitter.com/Md5kZuLLBC— Dasan Mccullough ¹✊ (@Dasan2022) August 18, 2020
Fittingly, OSU LB coach Al Washington led his recruiting, beating out 43 other programs, including powers such as Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Texas, USC, Morgan State, and others.
According to 247Sports’ Allen Trieu, McCullough compares favorably to Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl champ and four-time Pro Bowler Kam Chancellor, but that’s because he played in the secondary as a sophomore. Projecting to the next level, McCullough’s long frame, willingness to tackle, and coverage skills should allow him to transition to the elusive “bullet”/hybrid position that Pete Werner currently occupies for the Buckeyes.
McCullough is the fifth commit in what is already the No. 2 class in the country — behind only LSU — joining fellow linebackers Gabe Powers and C.J. Hicks, cornerback Jyaire Brown, and offensive tackle Tegra Tshbola. All of OSU’s 2022 pledges are players in the top 145 nationally, and McCullough is behind only Powers, who ranks No. 46. The Overland Park, Kan. native is the first out-of-state player in the class.
Check out Dasan McCullough’s highlights: